Manslaughter Attorney in Lexington, South Carolina
How is manslaughter defined under the law?
Across the United States, manslaughter is generally defined as any act
that results in the killing of another human being, but in a manner that
is less culpable than murder. Since the main distinction between manslaughter and
murder is the offender's state of mind at the time of the killing, the level
of criminal culpability will ultimately be determined by the mitigating
circumstances of the incident. You could be charged with manslaughter
if, for example, you had caused someone else's death when you had
only intended to inflict serious bodily harm or when you recklessly caused
a motor vehicle accident.
Since the killing was not premeditated, your level of criminal culpability
would not meet the standard of murder. The circumstances of the killing
will also dictate whether the charges will be voluntary or involuntary
manslaughter. According to S.C. Code §16-3-60, involuntary manslaughter
is defined as unintentional killing of another person through the means
of criminal negligence and/or during the commission of felony. According
to S.C. Code §16-3-50, voluntary manslaughter involves the act of
killing with malice aforethought and/or under the circumstances of provocation.
Penalties for Voluntary & Involuntary Manslaughter in South Carolina
In the state of South Carolina, a manslaughter conviction carries serious
legal penalties. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you enlist
the help of a Lexington criminal lawyer from the Law Office of James R.
Snell, Jr., LLC if you have been charged with this crime. You could be
facing a minimum of five years behind bars, so we encourage you to put
your case in the hands of our firm. Under the law, manslaughter is punishable
by the following penalties:
Involuntary Manslaughter (Class F Felony) – Under S.C. Code §16-3-60, involuntary manslaughter is punishable by
up to 5 years in prison.
Voluntary Manslaughter (Class A Felony) – Under S.C. Code §16-3-50, voluntary manslaughter is punishable by
2 to 30 years in prison.
If you hope to avoid time in state prison, you are advised to enlist the
help of a qualified legal professional as soon as you have been arrested
and charged with a crime. You will need ample time to build a solid defense—especially
since these charges are
violent in nature—so you should waste no time in contacting an attorney at our firm.
In doing so, you will allow us enough time to thoroughly investigate the
evidence involved in your case and implement a smart legal strategy on
Contact a Lexington Criminal Lawyer at Our Firm Immediately
When facing charges for manslaughter in South Carolina, you don't have
any time to waste. The prosecution will move quickly to build a case against
you, so it is important that you protect yourself by enlisting the help
of an aggressive lawyer. When you
contact a Lexington criminal attorney at the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC after an arrest, you can
ensure that we will be looking after your best interests throughout the
entire process—and in the face of a criminal conviction, you will want our
criminal defense firm in your corner. For this reason, we ask you to give us a call immediately.
Your initial consultation is free when you call our office at (888) 301-6004,
so you should not hesitate to take the first step today. You can even
contact us online, if you would prefer, by filling out and submitting a
free case evaluation form directly from our website. After that, you can expect to hear back
from us in a timely manner. Either way you decide to get in touch, however,
we just encourage you not to wait too long. Time is not on your side after
an arrest, and you will need all of the time that you can get when preparing