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Manslaughter Lawyer in Raleigh, NC

Voluntary vs. Involuntary Manslaughter

In the state of North Carolina, the act of manslaughter can either be charged as voluntary or involuntary. Depending on the circumstances of the killing, there are several different factors that would dictate the severity of the punishment.

  • Voluntary manslaughter can be described as any killing in which the offender acted in the heat of passion or as a result of provocation. As long as it was not premeditated or planned, it would not rise to the level of murder.

  • Similarly, involuntary manslaughter could be described as any instance in which the victim was killed as a result of the offender's recklessness, negligence, or carelessness. It would not rise to the level of voluntary manslaughter if the defendant did not plan to harm another person, but rather engaged in certain behaviors that posed the risk of injury or death—for example, driving a vehicle while intoxicated (DUI / DWI).

Penalties for Manslaughter in North Carolina

According to North Carolina General Statutes § 14-18, voluntary manslaughter is punishable as a Class D felony and involuntary manslaughter is punishable as a Class F felony. Since the state utilizes a structured sentencing grid to punish violent offenders, the penalties associated with manslaughter would be dependent on the offender's prior criminal history.

In any case, however, it is important to understand that a voluntary manslaughter could land you in prison for up to 40 years, while involuntary manslaughter may carry a prison sentence of 20 years. For this reason, you should not hesitate to retain the help of a Raleigh criminal attorney from Hopper, Hopper & Mulligan, PLLC if you have been accused of committing such a crime—regardless of how many points you may have on your criminal record.

Charged with manslaughter? Tell us about your case!

If you or someone you love has been charged with voluntary or involuntary manslaughter in North Carolina, it is highly recommended that you take action quickly. When you turn to the Raleigh criminal defense lawyers at Hopper, Hopper & Mulligan, PLLC for guidance, you can rest assured that your future is in competent hands.

Not on do we offer 30 years of combined experience to provide you with knowledgeable defense, but we take pride in the work we do because we know that your future is on the line. For this reason, we encourage you to take the first step today.

Simply pick up the phone and give us a call at (919) 876-3300 to get started. From there, our trustworthy legal team will have the opportunity to review the circumstances of your arrest, gather necessary evidence and begin building an effective defense on your behalf.

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