Manslaughter Lawyer Greenville, MI
If you are being investigated for a crime involving the death of another person, it is important that you contact a manslaughter lawyer Greenville, MI respects and trusts. Blanchard Law’s attorneys have extensive experience in representing those accused of causing the death of another person, and can provide you with the help that you need.
There are many circumstances in which manslaughter charges can be brought in a death that occurs within the state of Michigan.
Voluntary manslaughter occurs when a defendant caused the death of another person, and either:
- Intended to kill the person;
- Intended to do great bodily harm; or
- Knowingly created a very high risk of death or great bodily harm knowing that death or great bodily harm could result; and
the defendant caused the death without a legal excuse or justification (such as self-defense). What separates voluntary manslaughter from a murder charge is that the death resulted out of passion or anger that was brought about by adequate cause and before the defendant had a reasonable time to calm down.
Involuntary Manslaughter – Gross Negligence
One way that involuntary manslaughter can occur is when a defendant causes the death of another person as a result of gross negligence. Gross negligence occurs when someone willfully disregards the results to others that might follow from an act or a failure to act. When a defendant could have avoided injury by using ordinary care, the need for ordinary care in order to avoid injury is apparent, and the defendant fails to use ordinary care, then gross negligence has occurred. For involuntary manslaughter, there also must not have been a legal excuse or justification for the death.
Involuntary Manslaughter – Intent to Injure
Involuntary manslaughter can also occur when a defendant causes the death of another person as a result of an assault where the defendant intends to injure a person, and there is no legal excuse or justification for the death, such as self-defense.
Involuntary Manslaughter – Firearm Intentionally Aimed
Involuntary manslaughter can occur when a defendant causes the death of another person, the death resulted from the discharge of a firearm, when the firearm went off, the defendant was pointing it at the deceased, the defendant intended to point the firearm at the deceased, and there was no legal excuse or justification for the death.
Involuntary Manslaughter – Failure to Perform Legal Duty
Involuntary manslaughter can also occur when a defendant causes the death of another person, the defendant knew that he or she had a legal duty to the deceased, defendant knew of the facts that gave rise to that duty, defendant willfully neglected or refused to perform the duty, and their failure to perform the duty was grossly negligent to human life. The death must have been directly caused by the defendant’s failure to perform the duty.
If you’ve been charged with a crime related to the death of another person, talk to a manslaughter lawyer Greenville, MI can count on to provide a top-notch defense. Contact Blanchard Law at 616-773-2945 today.