Involuntary Manslaughter in California – What You Should Expect
A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for approximately nine hours as they determined the fate of Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. The jury returned with a guilty verdict, meaning Murray would have to face the consequences of an involuntary manslaughter offense.
Involuntary manslaughter can be defined as the act of killing another unintentionally. It is different than other types of murder charges.
In the case of Conrad Murray, at maximum, he could be facing up to four years in state prison; at minimum, he could be looking at probation only. Why such a light charge for a criminal offense that involves death? In California, involuntary manslaughter is considered the lowest possible homicide offense. Because of the state’s law that deals with overcrowding in the state jails, Murray might face even less time behind bars.
What You Should Know About Involuntary Manslaughter
Since involuntary manslaughter is the result of gross negligence or a misdemeanor act, it doesn’t carry the same penalties as some of the other types of murder offenses. There are many defenses that are often available in cases of involuntary manslaughter. Some of these defenses include the following:
- The death was the result of an accident and there was no intent to harm or negligence involved.
- The evidence isn’t enough to prove the charges.
- The accusations are false.
- The death was caused by self-defense.
Each case is different, which is why it is so important to talk with a Torrance criminal lawyer after being accused of involuntary manslaughter. An attorney will be able to review the details surrounding the death and build a strong case on your behalf.
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At the Law Offices of Robert Ernenwein, we know what the prosecution looks at when trying cases. How do we know this information? Robert Ernenwein is a former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney.