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In response to manslaughter question:

Generally, you'll see manslaughter as a lesser included offense (let's talk about Intox Manslaugher in another session).

If the facts allow it, you may get a jury instruction on manslaughter if you're charged with murder.

It works like this:

Lets say you're charged with Murder. Your defense is that you didn't INTEND to kill the person, it happend by accidenct/chance/bad luck/ect. This is a valid defense, and can have a powerful effect on the jury.

Instead of a first degree felony, you'll be looking at a second. 2-20 years up to $10,000 fine.

And that's a huge difference when you're looking at 5-99 or life.

Thank you for your questions.

Criminal Defense Lawyer,

J. Julio Vela

Categories: Criminal Defense
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