Manslaughter in Missouri
Manslaughter, while involving death, is significantly less serious than Murder. Manslaughter is generally an act of negligence and can include reckless behavior and driving while intoxicated.
Because of what is at stake, it is essential to have an experienced criminal defense attorney conduct a thorough investigation. The truth often lies in the details.
Involuntary Manslaughter, R.S.Mo. 565.024 is the accidental killing of another by reckless behavior. is crime is characterized by “recklessness” instead of an intentional act, meaning a knew or should have known that their actions could result in serious injury or death.
Involuntary manslaughter requires a St. Louis criminal defense attorney who has experience handling these particular cases. Because these cases can be tricky for the prosecution, a knowledgeable attorney may be able to find problems with the prosecution’s case. By contacting a St. Louis criminal defense lawyer immediately, your case will get the attention it deserves right away.
Taking another person’s life is harshly punished in Missouri, as it is in all states. Intentionally inflicting serious injury or death upon another person can result in a charge of Voluntary Manslaughter, R.S.Mo. 565.023. The difference between this act and murder is whether there existed “deliberation”. A death caused by sudden passion, for example, may be considered voluntary manslaughter and not murder. The distinction is significant due to the difference in penalties.
DWI Manslaughter, R.S.Mo. 565.024 occurs when a person who is intoxicated negligently causes the death of another.
The penalties for this crime depend on a number of factors, including the number of people killed as well as the blood-alcohol content of the driver. If a person has a BAC of .18 or higher or causes the death of two or more people, they will face a Class B felony, which can result in up to 15 years in prison. A second or subsequent offense raises this to a Class A felony. If a drunk driver kills an emergency worker or someone performing official duties, they will face a Class B felony. If this drunk driving results in the death of only one other person, it is a Class C felony.
Richard R. Lozano understands that good people can make bad decisions. He understands how stressful and scary these situations can be as they often involve people who have never had run-ins with the law before. He is here to provide expert advice during this difficult time, fighting to achieve the best possible outcome for the defendant facing these serious charges.
St. Louis criminal defense attorney Richard R. Lozano has been handling manslaughter charges since 1994. He puts this experience to work for you, aggressively fighting any and all criminal charges you may face. He has helped clients in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, and Franklin County facing serious felony charges and has worked to get them the best possible outcomes for their respective cases.