Manslaughter Defense Attorney in Westmont
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When someone is killed, New Jersey police don’t waste a moment investigating the matter in search of the person or people who committed the crime. From there, state prosecutors review the evidence and, depending on the circumstances of the case, charge the suspect with murder, felony murder, or manslaughter. These are extremely serious charges that come with life-altering consequences, including significant prison time.
When you hire experienced, knowledgeable Westmont manslaughter defense attorney Jill R. Cohen, she works tirelessly to negotiate with the prosecution to get your charges reduced or your case dismissed. With 30 years of experience practicing criminal law, we are also prepared to fight for reduced bail in your case.
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Types of Manslaughter Charges
Manslaughter charges can include:
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Involuntary manslaughter
- Aggravated manslaughter
- Reckless manslaughter
- Death by automobile/vehicular manslaughter
There are legal distinctions between what qualifies as a murder charge, an aggravated manslaughter charge, and other manslaughter charges. The specific facts in your case will determine the degree of the manslaughter charge.
When a person didn’t intend to kill another person but a homicide takes place, they will likely be charged with reckless manslaughter. This charge is possible in situations where the person who committed the crime acted recklessly while involved in a completely legal activity, such as driving.
For example, most vehicular accidents that result in someone’s death are considered to be manslaughter. When a person drinks and drives, their behavior would be considered reckless. However, if DUI results in a homicide, it can be argued that the person didn’t intend to kill anyone. Another example might be falling asleep at the wheel. This action may be considered reckless. With a strong defense, the homicide charges can be dismissed. It may be necessary to fight these reckless manslaughter charges at trial to be found not guilty.
The most serious of the manslaughter charges is aggravated manslaughter. It is a crime of the first degree and results in a prison sentence between 10 and 30 years. To get a conviction on this charge, prosecutors must be able to prove that the defendant showed extreme indifference to the value of human life. Similar to the other manslaughter charges, the action is committed with recklessness and without deliberate planning.
Shooting and killing another individual over a road rage incident may satisfy the requirements for aggravated manslaughter. However, with the right representation, there could be a valid defense. At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, most of our murder cases have resulted in a manslaughter charge and as little time as three years in prison or even probation.
Just as there are different types of manslaughter charges, there are different penalties associated with each type of charge. If convicted of manslaughter, you could face up to 10 years in prison. Like murder and felony murder, aggravated manslaughter carries a potential penalty of 30 years behind bars.
One important reason to act fast in hiring a criminal defense attorney is that New Jersey law states that persons convicted of manslaughter charges are subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA). This statute stipulates that at least 85% of the defendant’s prison sentence must be served before they are eligible for parole. The court will also impose additional parole time even after the sentence is served, so it is important to fight the case early on.
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Westmont manslaughter defense attorney Jill Cohen has over three decades of experience defending people against serious criminal charges. She is a Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer by the New Jersey Supreme Court and she has defended hundreds of cases in superior and municipal courts throughout the state.
If you or a loved one has been charged with any type of manslaughter in Camden County, seek assistance from our team right away. Our familiarity with the law and our commitment to protecting people’s constitutional rights prove advantageous in serious criminal cases.
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