Involuntary Manslaughter Laws in Pennsylvania

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What is Involuntary Manslaughter?

The statute for Involuntary Manslaughter is Title 18 Pa.C.S.A. Crimes and Offenses § 2504. It states that:

A person is guilty of involuntary manslaughter when as a direct result of the doing of an unlawful act in a reckless or grossly negligent manner, or the doing of a lawful act in a reckless or grossly negligent manner, he causes the death of another person.

Involuntary Manslaughter is a homicide. Even if you did not intend to kill someone, you will be labeled by society as a killer.

What are the Penalties for Involuntary Manslaughter?

Involuntary Manslaughter
Misdemeanor of the 3rd Degree
Maximum Penalty:
1 year in prison

How an Involuntary Manslaughter can Affect Your Life?

Just because it was an accident, does not mean the court will let you off easy. Someone died and the government will be looking to hold you responsible for that death.

Involuntary Manslaughter is a very serious offense and you could be facing up to a year in prison. Furthermore, if you are convicted you will also have a homicide on your criminal record. With background check apps and websites, people will be able to see your homide and label you as a killer.

Now ask yourself:

Who wants to hire a killer?

Who wants to date a killer?

Who wants to live near a killer?

People with just an involuntary manslaughter on their criminal history have faced challenges getting hired, even for minimum wage jobs. If you have a professional license, that will most certainly be disqualified. With a homicide, you cannot even drive for Uber or Lyft.

On top of all that, the family of the victim may take civil action against you and make you liable for damages.

What are some Possible Defenses against an Involuntary Manslaughter Charge?

One of the worst things is, many people are charged with Involuntary Manslaughter even when they haven’t committed a crime! The police often don’t investigate the facts and just slap charges on people.

Proving that the officers were wrong takes a lot of investigating and requires deep knowledge of the laws and procedures involved. When the stakes are this high, do not make the mistake of trusting your case to a cheap or free lawyer. Chances are, that attorney will not be able to spend the time need to prepare a strong defense and will mess things up beyond repair.

Don’t let a manslaughter conviction rob you of your freedom for years to come. Call The McShane Firm now at 7176573900 for your free case consultation. Our experienced attorneys will help you plan out a course of action to fight these charges. At The McShane Firm we are The Science Attorneys. We are highly trained in forensic science and know how to challenge the evidence collected by the government. This is a key reason why we are different from other law firms.

The McShane has experience in homicide cases and even helped to free a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder after serving almost 36 years.