The State of Florida defines manslaughter as “the killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or culpable negligence of another, without lawful justification.”1 Culpable negligence is when someone exposes another to harm, although they may not have the intent to bring harm upon them. For instance, if someone were to cause a fatal drunk driving accident, they could be charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Although a drunk driver might not intend on harming anyone, they are exposing those around them to harm simply by operating their vehicle while intoxicated.
Aggravated Manslaughter of an Elderly Person
If a person “causes the death of an elderly person or disabled adult by culpable negligence,” they are guilty of aggravated manslaughter. This crime is considered a felony of the first degree.
Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child
An individual can also be charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child if they cause the death of a person who is under the age of 18 by culpable negligence.
Aggravated Manslaughter of an Officer
If an individual causes the death of an officer, paramedic, firefighter, or emergency medical technician by culpable negligence, they will also be charged with aggravated manslaughter.
Voluntary vs. Involuntary Manslaughter
Manslaughter can be categorized as either voluntary or involuntary. Voluntary manslaughter is when a person intentionally kills another “in the heat of passion and is the response to adequate provocation.”2Involuntary manslaughter “is negligently causing the death of another person.”
What are the penalties for manslaughter in Florida?
A person may be charged with a felony of the first or second degree when they commit manslaughter. Both first-and second-degree felony crimes carry prison time, fines and fees, and additional penalties. The prison term is based on the circumstances surrounding the crime.
Charged with manslaughter in Largo, FL?
Manslaughter is a serious criminal offense, that if convicted of, could land a person behind bars for several years. If an individual was charged with manslaughter in Largo, FL, the criminal defense lawyers at Trevena | James, Attorneys At Law are here to help. A Largo, FL criminal defense attorney can:
- Help an individual understand the charges that have been filed against them and what their legal rights are.
- Provide them with updates on their case.
- Fight to get an individual’s charges reduced.
- Help an individual understand the options that are available to them.
- Help an individual make an informed decision on when to accept a plea deal or take their case to trial.
Anyone in need of legal advice or help after being charged with manslaughter in Largo, FL can contact Trevena | James, Attorneys At Law at 727-581-5813.
With its office based in Largo Florida, Trevena | James, Attorneys At Law primarily practices in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County, and throughout the state of Florida.
Trevena | James, Attorneys At Law is located at:
801 W Bay Drive, Suite 509
Largo, FL 33770