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Keegan Law: Aggressively Defending Your Future

Voluntary manslaughter occurs when someone is killed in the heat of the moment after reasonable provocation. Though it is a lesser charge than murder, manslaughter still carries steep penalties which is why you need a skilled criminal defense attorney by your side. Let Keegan Law put our four decades of combined experience to work for you.

A person convicted of involuntary manslaughter could face up to 20 years in state prison and up to $1,000 in fines, though the exact sentence can depend upon the facts of the case. You will need a robust defense from an experienced law firm to avoid such penalties. Call our Boston criminal defense lawyers today to discuss your charges.

What is voluntary manslaughter?

While both crimes involve the taking of a life, there are key differences between manslaughter and murder. Our firm knows the difference and how to contest manslaughter charges.

A voluntary manslaughter conviction hinges on three points:

  • As opposed to murder, voluntary manslaughter is not premeditated but is triggered by emotions such as rage and terror
  • Provocation must be reasonable
  • The homicide must be committed in the moment before the defendant could calm down

In addition to jail time and fines, committing a felony such as voluntary manslaughter will result in a criminal record and carrying the social stigma of being a convicted felon. It can even increase the punishment for any future felonies you may commit.

Our Firm is Here to Protect You

At Keegan Law, we can argue in your defense to have your charges dropped or reduced and ensure that your freedom and future are fought for.

A major point in your defense will be substantiating that you had no prior intent to take someone’s life. Other defenses we can utilize include arguing you were acting in self-defense. Voluntary manslaughter also depends upon the defendant’s intent to injure even in the heat of passion, so if it can be proved that the death was the result of an accident, you may have your case dropped.

Get in touch with our attorneys today and discuss your case during your free evaluation!