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The legal definition of involuntary manslaughter is to cause the death of another person through reckless behavior or during the commission of another crime but without the intent to kill. The exact elements of involuntary manslaughter vary from state to state as far as the level of negligence required. In addition, some states grade involuntary manslaughter by degrees. Because of this, it is very important to hire an attorney who is familiar with the specific involuntary manslaughter laws of the state in which you have been charged.
If you have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, you need to contact an attorney right away. Involuntary manslaughter is a serious crime. The punishment differs from state to state; however, at both the state and federal level, the offense is treated as a felony and therefore carries a prison sentence of at least 12 months plus fines and probation. The base sentence of a 10- to 16-month prison term will increase if the crime was committed through an act of reckless conduct or with an automobile.
With this type of punishment at stake, it is important to find an attorney who can help advise you and prepare a solid defense. Search for an attorney in your area today.