Torrance Criminal Lawyers – Involuntary Manslaughter Defenses
Involuntary Manslaughter In California – What You Should Expect
A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for approximately nine hours as they determined the fate of Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. The jury returned with a guilty verdict, meaning Murray would have to face the consequences of an involuntary manslaughter offense.
Involuntary manslaughter can be defined as the act of killing another unintentionally. It is different from other types of murder charges.
Murray received the maximum penalty of four years in prison. His Texas medical license was revoked, and his California and Nevada licenses were suspended. After serving two years, he was released on parole on Oct. 28, 2013. However, he could have gotten probation only. Why such a light charge for a criminal offense that involves death? In California, involuntary manslaughter is considered the lowest possible homicide offense.
What You Should Know About Involuntary Manslaughter
Since involuntary manslaughter is the result of gross negligence or a misdemeanor act, it doesn’t carry the same penalties as other murder offenses. Many defenses are often available in cases of involuntary manslaughter, including:
- The death was the result of an accident and there was no intent to harm or negligence involved.
- The evidence isn’t enough to prove the charges.
- The accusations are false.
- The death was caused by self-defense.
Each case is different, which is why it is so important to talk with a Torrance criminal lawyer after being accused of involuntary manslaughter. An attorney can review the details surrounding the death and build a strong case on your behalf.
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At Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, we know what the prosecution looks at when trying cases. How? Robert Ernenwein is a former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney.