You probably already know that murder and manslaughter are two distinct crimes, each one different in its own regard. Many people understand that these crimes also take place on different levels of severity depending on how serious the scenario was: with murder being varying degrees and manslaughter being either voluntary or involuntary. Today we will look at the differences between the crimes.

Is it Murder or Manslaughter?

When it comes to the killing of another person, charges result based on the exact scenario. For instance, yes, it could be a crime of murder or manslaughter. However, what if it isn’t charged as any crime at all because it was an accident? For instance, your attorney might be able to show that an animal ran out in front of you at the time of a crash, so you swerved – putting yourself directly in the path of another vehicle. This would obviously not lead to a murder charge because it was an unexpected mistake. The judge will look at a variety of different factors, including how carelessly you acted when the crime took place.

In cases of extreme recklessness, you will usually see varying degrees of murder and manslaughter. Under California law, for instance, reckless murder can happen when a defendant is aware of the fact that they killed a party but decided to follow through with the crime anyway. Because it is difficult for a judge, prosecutor, or any other party to get inside the mind of the accused, it is also very difficult to discern which charge should apply at times. This is why some of these cases are subjective and you might end up with results you never even expected.

Because these cases are handled very seriously under the law, you should never handle your claim specifically without the help of an experienced attorney. Let us help you defend your rights in a case that you believe could be stacked against you. We will ensure that you get the best outcome possible.