About Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in Massachusetts
Involuntary Manslaughter Defense Lawyers Serving Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk County MA
Under Massachusetts law “involuntary manslaughter” is essentially a murder that the suspect did not intend to commit (by contrast, even the slightest degree of premeditation, or “malice aforethought,” can result in a charge of first- or second-degree murder).
Involuntary manslaughter is most often the charge when a murder is committed in the course of a lesser felony like a robbery, burglary or assault, and when it can be shown that the suspect did not set out with the the intent to kill. Because of its broad definition, involuntary manslaughter can be invoked in a variety of circumstances, ranging from robberies resulting in murder to deadly car accidents to a sale of drugs resulting in a fatal overdose.
If you or your loved one has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, the attorneys at The Noonan Defense Firm may be able to prove extenuating circumstances, resulting in a “not guilty” jury verdict or the dropping of charges by the DA. Conversely, we may be able to convince a district attorney filing charges of first- or second-degree murder to opt for involuntary manslaughter instead, which entails significantly less prison time and the possibility of early release.
Free Consultation With an Experienced Involuntary Manslaughter Defense Trial Lawyer
As with the fine line between “malice aforethought” and “deliberate premeditation,” only an attorney experienced in Massachusetts homicide law can navigate you or your loved one expertly through a second-degree felony murder charge.
For a free initial consultation call an experienced Involuntary Manslaughter Criminal Defense Lawyer at (508) 584-6955 to discuss your case. We can offer you an aggressive defense to help prove your actions were not premeditated. If you prefer, you can also use our Free Online Case Evaluation Form to contact our law office.
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