Length Of Time For Manslaughter
Manslaughter is a legal term which is differentiated from murder due to the level of criminal culpability based on the state of mind or mens rea. There are two significant categories -- voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.
Voluntary manslaughter: A person may have the intention to cause death or injury to another human being, but due to provocation or circumstances. Say, for instance, when the defendant witnesses an attack against his child or loved one or if he or she unexpectedly finds his or her spouse in the arms of another lover.
Involuntary manslaughter: It is also called as criminally negligent homicide in the United States. It involves recklessness. Involuntary manslaughter occurs when the defendant has no intention to kill or inflict serious injury, but he causes death due to criminal negligence or recklessness.
There is another kind of manslaughter called as vehicular or misdemeanor manslaughter where an individual is guilty of violating traffic safety laws and causing death to another. This is due to driving under the influence of alcohol. The best example can be given of the case of Hardeep Singh who pleaded guilty due to reckless driving. He injured three and caused the death of George Cook of Newburgh by driving under the influence of alcohol. On September 2008, Judge Freehill capped the sentence at a maximum of 3 1/3 to 10 years.
If a person is found guilty of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, he or she would face penalty in the form of imprisonment. The precise length of time that a convicted person serves has always been a matter of debate and it also depends upon the applicable statute. The sentence on voluntary manslaughter is greater than the sentence for involuntary manslaughter.
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