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Manslaughter is a very serious violent crime that can lead to life-altering penalties upon a conviction. Manslaughter occurs when a person kills someone else while intentionally trying to hurt that person (first-degree manslaughter), or when his or her negligence causes another person to be killed, such as through negligent driving or child neglect (second-degree manslaughter). Individuals who are convicted of manslaughter can end up spending decades in prison.

If you are being accused of manslaughter, don't simply assume that your life is ruined. You may be able to reach a favorable resolution to your case with the help of an experienced defense attorney. The key to obtaining a favorable outcome is to hire an attorney early on, even during the pre-arrest investigation stages or if you believe you are about to be accused. Call Bleile & Dawson for a Lexington criminal defense attorney who can take a stand for your freedom! With their experience combined, our lawyers have spent more than three decades practicing law. We believe in maximizing our legal resources, which is why each of our criminal cases is handled by more than one attorney at our firm. Let us use your decades of experience to strengthen your defense in your manslaughter case!

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Penalties for Manslaughter in Kentucky

Manslaughter is one of the most serious violent crime charges a person can face and can expose a person to the possibility of spending decades in prison. While manslaughter charges are generally considered less serious than murder charges, any form of homicide charge can carry harsh criminal consequences. The exact penalties will differ depending on whether a person is charged with committing first degree manslaughter or second degree manslaughter.

A person convicted of Class B felony first-degree manslaughter can face:

  • Up to 20 years in prison
  • Fines up to $10,000

A conviction of Class C felony second-degree manslaughter charge can carry:

  • Up to 10 years in prison
  • Fines up to $10,000

Manslaughter charges can be some of the most difficult charges to defend, as judges and juries tend to view defendants in these cases as dangerous to society. If you are facing any type of manslaughter charge, our firm’s powerful attorneys can match the prosecution’s tenacity and maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your situation.

Manslaughter vs. Murder – What is the Difference?

Manslaughter charges are different from murder in that manslaughter does not involve “malice aforethought,” or a premeditated plan to kill. Manslaughter generally involves killings committed in the “heat of passion” or in an emotional outburst of rage without having the time to reflect on one’s actions. For this reason, crimes of manslaughter are punished less harshly than murder charges and do not expose a person to the possibility of capital punishment.

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When you come to our firm with your criminal matter, you can benefit from a free consultation. In this consultation, we review the basic facts of your case, listen to your side of the story and help you determine what your best options are for your defense. Because there is no cost for this case evaluation, you have nothing to lose by consulting with our criminal defense lawyers.

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