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Defense options for involuntary manslaughter vary greatly

In our previous blog post, we discussed the case of the woman who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter because of butt implants that led to a woman dying. That case brings an important point to mind -- the stark difference between an involuntary manslaughter charge and a voluntary manslaughter charge.

Involuntary manslaughter criminal charges are possible when a person dies because of another person's negligence if there wasn't any intent present. If there is an intent to harm or kill a person and the person dies, that can be a voluntary manslaughter or even a murder.

There are three points that must be present for an involuntary manslaughter charge. These include:

-- Someone died because of your actions.

-- Your actions were dangerous or you were reckless in regard to human life but you didn't mean to kill anyone.

-- The defendant should know that his or her actions could have led to death.

If you have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, you have several defense options that you might consider. The circumstances of the case can have an impact on your defense options. For example, one defense might be suitable if your case involves a dangerous act but that same defense might not work if your case involves a blatant disregard for human life.

We know that you might have some questions about your case and your options for a defense. We can help you to learn about the defense options you have in your case. Once we determine your options, we can come up with our plan for building your defense.

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