What is Involuntary Manslaughter?
You can read the law for Involuntary Manslaughter in PA here: 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, but is not murder.
Even if you did not intend to kill someone, you will be labeled by society as a killer. Murder is the intentional killing of another.
What are the Penalties for Involuntary Manslaughter?
- Involuntary Manslaughter
- Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree
- Maximum Penalty:
- 5 years 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. The dead person’s family will look to put someone in jail. The government will be looking to hold you responsible for that death.
Involuntary Manslaughter is a very serious offense. You could be facing up years in prison. Furthermore, if you are convicted you will also have a death on your criminal record….forever. With background check apps and websites, people will be able to see your charge and label you as a killer.
Now ask yourself:
- What employers want 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 will face challenges for their whole lives. If you have a professional license, the state will definitely look to revoke it.
On top of all that, the family of the victim may take civil action against you. With a conviction, it becomes so much easier to take everything you own away from you.
What are some Possible Defenses against an Involuntary Manslaughter Charge?
One of the worst things is, police charge this crime even when there isn’t a crime! Not every death is criminal. Sometimes bad things happen. The police often don’t investigate the facts. They just slap charges on people.
Proving that the officers were wrong takes a lot of investigating. It 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. They 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.
According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts in 2017, there were 25,878 offenses committed against a person. These are mostly assault and related offenses.
The Most Dangerous
When measured by the number of assault offenses per 1,000 people, the counties that
had the most offenses were:
Counties with the Highest Rate of Assault Offenses
Different Types of
|Type of Offense||PA Statute||Description||Penalty Range|
|Simple Assault||18 § 2701||Attempting to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another.||
|Aggravated Assault||18 § 2702||Attempting to cause serious bodily injury to another. There are many other aggravating factors such as assaulting a law enforcement officer, school teacher or employee.||
|Involuntary Manslaughter||18 § 2504||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.||
|Voluntary Manslaughter||18 § 2503||A person who kills an individual without lawful justification commits voluntary manslaughter if at the time of the killing he is acting under a sudden and intense passion resulting from serious provocation.||
|Murder||18 § 2502||A criminal homicide constitutes murder of the first degree when it is committed by an intentional killing.||
An Assault Conviction can Shatter your Life
Beyond the penalties in court, an assault conviction can ruin your life in many ways.
- 1 An assault conviction will stay on your criminal record forever. Future employers, friends, even someone you ask out to dinner can easily use common apps to see your assault conviction.
- 2 Depending on the nature and severity of the crime, you can lose your professional license. This affects people from many professions such as doctors, lawyers, massage therapists and even barbers.
- 3 Many companies have policies not to hire someone who has been convicted of a violent crime.
- 4 If your conviction is a sexual offense, you may have to register as a sex offender which may make it difficult to find a place to live.
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