St. Louis Lawyers Handling Manslaughter Charges

Prosecutors in Missouri aggressively seek convictions in cases involving voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Despite the significant obstacles facing a person accused of these crimes, various defense strategies may be available given the particular circumstances of the case.

At Richard H. Sindel, Inc., we are strong advocates for people accused of felony crimes in Missouri and other states. We take a team approach in homicide cases, drawing upon the experience and knowledge of our attorneys, as well as specialists in forensic science, blood alcohol testing and other appropriate disciplines. When you hire our firm, we will vigorously defend your rights and freedom.

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Voluntary And Involuntary Manslaughter

The distinction between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter is sharp in terms of the language of the law, though in practice the application can be problematic. Under Missouri law, this distinction is one of intent:

Voluntary manslaughter: This is homicide with intent, but only in circumstances involving some type of provocation on the part of the victim.

Involuntary manslaughter: This is homicide without intent, usually through negligence. People committing vehicular manslaughter as the result of reckless or impaired driving are often charged with involuntary manslaughter.

In your case, our attorneys at Richard H. Sindel, Inc., will thoroughly review all factual and legal issues, looking for a means to obtain a positive outcome. Demonstrating a self-defense motive could result in a dismissal of either a voluntary or involuntary manslaughter charge, for example. Showing that the accused lacked the intent to kill, but was still responsible for the death could result in a reduced charge. If you decide to go to trial, the attorneys at Richard H. Sindel, Inc., will aggressively defend you at all stages of the legal process.

Rigorous Defense For Manslaughter Charges

Even if you have a reasonable explanation for what happened, the court will not be sympathetic to you automatically. Manslaughter charges require a compelling defense strategy. We can help make sure that your viewpoint is communicated persuasively and your rights are protected. For a consultation with an experienced St. Louis lawyer intent on winning your case, contact Richard H. Sindel, Inc., or call 314-721-7113.