Chicago Manslaughter Defense Lawyer

Charged with Manslaughter in Chicago, IL?

Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without expressed or implied malice and without premeditation. Since manslaughter is without malicious intent but is still a criminal offense, you will not face the death penalty like you could with a murder charge, though you could spend decades in prison depending upon the type of crime and the circumstances surrounding the incident.

There are many details to take into consideration with a manslaughter case to properly evaluate it and determine the best defensive route so it is important to obtain a Chicago criminal defense lawyer with a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge, and a proven track record of courtroom successes.

Two Types of Manslaughter

  • 1. There are two primary forms of manslaughter you can be charged with. The first type of manslaughter is voluntary manslaughter. This is when an individual is accused of killing an unborn child or unintentionally taking the life of another person in a moment of extreme emotional distress or temporary insanity. This is sometimes called the "heat of the moment". If adequate provocation is established as existing prior to the death, a murder charge may be dropped to this form of manslaughter.
  • 2. The second type of manslaughter is involuntary manslaughter. This is when an individual is accused of unintentionally taking the life of another person as a result of committing some other reckless or negligent act. The lack of intent to harm distinguishes involuntary manslaughter from voluntary manslaughter.

Defending Manslaughter Cases

In order to be charged with manslaughter, the case will first go for Felony Review. There is usually a 24 hour period of time before your first hearing. During this 24 hour period, it is important that you are protected by a legal team that will take the necessary actions ensure your rights and safety are protected. Do not talk to anyone about your case. This means not your family, not your friends, no one. Whether you tell someone in person, via phone, via email, or via letter, you are putting your freedom at risk and that is not a risk anyone can afford to take. There is so much that can go wrong and get worse in a case like this that there is no time to wait to call the Law Offices of Mitch Furman and get your defense strategy started.

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