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Manslaughter Defense Attorneys in Kalamazoo

We Serve Clients throughout Southwest Michigan including Calhoun, St. Joseph, & Van Buren Counties

With over a century of collective experience, Levine & Levine are experienced litigators and aggressive advocates for their clients. Manslaughter charges are tough to overcome—legally and socially— and every case needs to be treated with care. Whether filing pre-trial motions or digging into rights violations on the part of law enforcement or the prosecution, our Kalamazoo manslaughter lawyers leave nothing to chance.

Schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers today. Call our firm at (269) 218-8880 or send us a message online.

Since 1987, we have been helping clients fight manslaughter charges in Michigan and, over the decades, we have developed a strong reputation for delivering skilled, creative defense strategies. With a high rate of success and acquittals, our record speaks for itself.

Involuntary vs. Voluntary Manslaughter

In Michigan, manslaughter falls under the category of homicide in the penal code. There are two main classifications of manslaughter: involuntary and voluntary. Both of these charges are lesser charges than first- and second-degree murder. However, they still carry very strict penalties, and prosecutors are just as dogged when pursuing these cases.

The key differences between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter are:

  • Involuntary manslaughter: an accidental death that occurs because of someone else's negligence or during the commission of another crime, but in which there was no intent to kill.
  • Voluntary manslaughter: when someone is killed intentionally, normally during the heat of passion but before enough time has elapsed for the blood to cool when there was no premeditated or prior intent.

Criminal negligence is often at the core of involuntary manslaughter cases. Criminal negligence is when someone's recklessness or carelessness results in the death of another person. You often see criminal negligence included in charges for car accidents or boating accidents. When pursuing these cases, prosecutors must prove that your actions were the ultimate cause of the death and that you knew or should have known that what you were doing posed a significant threat to others.

Voluntary manslaughter cases are somewhat similar to second degree murder cases, with the key difference being malice. Voluntary manslaughter cases typically happen in the heat of the moment, without premeditated intent or malice. You may see a second degree murder charge reduced to voluntary manslaughter because the prosecutor cannot prove malice on the part of the accused.

Fighting Manslaughter Charges

Both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter are felony charges, and a conviction can ruin your life. Sentencing can include up to 15 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. If the incident occurred during the commission of other crimes or felonies, you might face further punitive measures. However, these are not the only hardships brought about by a conviction.

A manslaughter conviction can negatively impact:

  • Your ability to find work
  • Your ability to secure housing
  • Your ability to enroll in college
  • Your professional standing
  • Your reputation

When building a strong defense, you want to work with an attorney who pays great attention to detail and has the drive and determination to see your case through to the very end. Levine & Levine has been defending clients in manslaughter cases since 1987. We are well-known for our intellectual approach to criminal defense grounded in a deep understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This academic foundation informs our ability to develop highly effective legal arguments that put our clients' best interests front and center.

Start building an aggressive defense today. Get in touch with one of our Kalamazoo manslaughter defense attorneys by calling (269) 218-8880 or by contacting us online.

We Offer Manslaughter Appeals and Post-Conviction Services

Sometimes, despite their best efforts, the courts make mistakes, and despite your strong case, they do not rule in your favor. If you were unsuccessful with your initial trial, this does not mean everything is over. Levine & Levine also offers manslaughter appeals and post-conviction services. If a legal or factual error occurred during your trial, we are prepared to help you file an appeal. We can also help you deal with unacceptable plea agreements.

If you were convicted of manslaughter, Levine & Levine is here to help, even if a different law firm originally handled your case.

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