Learn more about Manslaughter

The crime of manslaughter, under ARS Sec 13–1103, occurs when a person causes the death of someone else, but the killing falls short of constituting murder. In other words, usually there is no intent to cause death, but it normally comes in the form of reckless behavior.

Manslaughter can also occur when you intentionally or knowingly kill a person in the sudden heat of passion or in a sudden quarrel. This can include intentionally helping another person to commit suicide. Essentially, there is not enough time to reflect on your actions before committing them, hence the term "sudden heat of passion."

In my experience as an attorney, the charge of manslaughter is often related to cases involving impaired drivers who, while driving recklessly and impaired to the slightest degree, cause the death of another person. This is typically in the context of an automobile accident.

Negating Recklessness

By negating the act of recklessness and showing that you were merely negligent, you might reduce the charge from manslaughter to negligent homicide. A manslaughter conviction is a class 2 felony, which carries severe penalties.

Experienced Manslaughter Defense Attorneys

At Chuck Franklin Law, we understand the complexities and gravity of manslaughter charges. Our experienced legal team will thoroughly investigate your case, gather evidence, and build a strong defense to challenge the prosecution's claims of recklessness. We aim to minimize the penalties or seek a reduction in charges whenever possible.

If you are facing manslaughter charges, it is crucial to have skilled legal representation on your side. Contact Chuck Franklin Law today to discuss your case and explore your legal options. We are committed to protecting your rights and achieving the best possible outcome for your situation.

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