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Manslaughter is a serious criminal offense that carries with it a mandatory minimum prison sentence in the state of Florida. If convicted, a person must serve at least 9 1/4 years behind bars and may also be ordered to serve up to 15 years of probation and pay up to $10,000 in fines. The crime itself is a second degree felony that can be committed in three different ways.

All acts of manslaughter result in the death of another person. Manslaughter by Act is the most direct form of the crime, since the accused is charged with personally committing an act that was neither justified nor excusable and that resulted in the death of another person. A charge of Manslaughter by Procurement may be entered when a person allegedly persuaded or induced another to commit an unlawful act that resulted in the death of a human being. The third and final type of manslaughter is Manslaughter by Culpable Negligence, which may be charged when the accused allegedly engaged in “culpably negligent” behavior that resulted in the death of another person.

All forms of the crime are subject to mandatory minimum prison sentences, as well as fines and possible probation. The maximum penalties for a manslaughter conviction in Florida are any combination of the following: up to $10,000 in fines, up to 15 years of probation, up to 15 years in prison.

Because they involve the death of a human being and serious criminal charges, manslaughter cases can be extremely complicated. An attorney must assemble and manage a defense team, interview and examine witnesses, and deal with experts in the fields of forensics, psychology, and pathology. Attorneys at the Law Firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates have experience with criminal defense charges. They will examine the facts of the case, interview witnesses, and build a rock-solid defense strategy.

As tragic as it may be, there are legal justifications for the manslaughter. If the killing was committed in self defense, it may be considered justifiable homicide. Accidents that did not involve any unlawful intent may also be excused under Florida law.

To speak to a qualified criminal defense attorney today, please call our offices at (954) 385-9160, or send us an email.