Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice.

There are three types of manslaughter: Voluntary, Involuntary and Vehicular.

Involuntary manslaughter is the killing of a human being during the commission of an unlawful act that is not a felony or during the commission of a lawful act in an unlawful manner or without due caution or consideration.

Voluntary manslaughter is done in the heat of passion or in a sudden quarrel where there is not adequate “cooling off” time. The classic example of this type of case is where a husband returns home to find his spouse in bed with another man. A fight ensues and the husband kills the other man and/or his wife.

Vehicular manslaughter is any killing of a human being which results from driving a vehicle in an unlawful manner or with gross negligence. Vehicular manslaughter can also involve the killing of a human being while driving a vehicle in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony. The most common examples of vehicular manslaughter are cases which involve driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Any case involving the death of a human being is extremely serious and an experienced criminal defense attorney should always be consulted.

For more information, please call Attorney Diane Bass at 949-494-7011 or contact us online today.