Manslaughter Lawyers in Newark, NJ
Skilled Criminal Defense Attorneys Fight Manslaughter Charges in New Jersey
If you ask most people for the definition of murder, they will provide a confident answer. However, the word manslaughter is a bit more confusing. Both murder and manslaughter are acts of criminal homicide, but there are very distinctive differences between the crimes and their applicable penalties. While manslaughter involves the taking of another person’s life, it does not involve the premeditation of first degree murder or the intent of second degree murder. Basically, manslaughter (also known as third degree murder) is the accidental killing of another person during an act that was intended to cause only harm.
Although manslaughter is “accidental,” the penalties are still severe. If you’ve been charged with any type of criminal homicide, including manslaughter, it is imperative that you hire an experienced homicide attorney immediately. The defense lawyers at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have years of experience successfully fighting homicide charges. We have represented clients in all forms of criminal homicide cases, from first degree murder to manslaughter and death by auto. Our legal team will work tirelessly to keep you out of prison. We understand the criminal homicide system and we have the knowledge and skill to get your charges reduced or dropped. Our defense attorneys represent clients throughout New Jersey, including Newark, Bloomfield, Montclair, Bernards Township, Westfield, Scotch plains, Clark, Cranford, Plainfield, West Orange and South Orange.
Lawyers Help Get Manslaughter Charges Reduced in Essex, Union and Middlesex Counties
There are three categories of manslaughter in New Jersey. The categories vary in severity of charges and penalties. All three forms of manslaughter are lesser offenses than purposeful and knowing murder.
Aggravated manslaughter: Crime of the first degree – occurs when an individual takes another person’s life under circumstances that show an extreme indifference to the value of human life. If convicted, you may spend up to 20 years in prison with 85 % of that time being ineligible for parole.
Reckless manslaughter: Crime of the second degree – occurs when an individual takes another person’s life while acting in a reckless manner. A “reckless manner” refers to a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would follow. However, if the death was caused by negligence, not recklessness, it is not manslaughter. If convicted of reckless manslaughter, you may spend up to 10 years in prison with 85 % of that time being ineligible for parole.
Passion as a result of reasonable provocation: Crime of the second degree – occurs when an individual is provoked to harm another in such a way that a reasonable person may have also lost self-control and used potentially fatal violence. The provocation must be great, and the accused must not have had adequate time to calm down between the provocation and the killing. If convicted, you may spend up to 10 years in prison with 85 % of that time being ineligible for parole.
In all of the above categories, the actual killing is accidental, but the intent to harm is not. While New Jersey law allows intoxication as a defense to murder, it is not allowed as a defense to manslaughter. However, there are multiple defenses to manslaughter and they can be used quite effectively with the help of a perceptive, talented homicide attorney. There is no statute of limitations on murder, aggravated manslaughter or manslaughter.
If You’ve Been Charged with Manslaughter, Call an Experienced NJ Homicide Attorney Today
There are multiple forms of manslaughter and the possible penalties vary widely. Look for a criminal defense attorney with a solid track record of getting manslaughter charges reduced or dropped altogether. This is not the time to hire just any attorney. Homicide charges can put you behind bars for decades. The attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have been successfully defending clients against homicide charges for years. We represent clients across New Jersey, including Elizabeth, Bedminster, Union, Hillsborough, Westfield and Somerville. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.