Are you or someone you love facing involuntary manslaughter charges in Philadelphia? Our criminal defense firm wants to help you. We can investigate every aspect of the alleged crime and build a solid case in your defense.
A criminal charge involving someone’s death can have serious, lasting consequences. The sooner you speak with an involuntary manslaughter defense attorney in Philadelphia, the sooner we can get started defending you so you can resume a normal life.
Reach out to one of our criminal defense attorneys for a free legal consultation.
Our Firm Can Protect Your Rights
A defense lawyer in our Philadelphia office stands ready and willing to defend you against charges of involuntary manslaughter. Depending on the specifics of your case, we might approach your defense in different ways and fight for the following:
- Reduction in charges: We could ask that the charges against you be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. If successful, your sentence will be lighter.
- Dismissal: Sometimes, the evidence we find is so strong that it discredits the prosecution’s case against you. If this happens, we can ask the judge to dismiss all charges and let you go home immediately.
- Plea: We can negotiate a plea agreement where you plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a lighter sentence. This case resolution protects you against the most severe penalties.
- Trial: Not all cases go to trial. For those that do, we are more than willing and able to represent our clients in the courtroom. We can protect your rights by ensuring that the prosecution follows the law. We will also present the strongest possible case to the jury.
Legal Support Will Be Beneficial
We know this is a challenging time in your life, and we want to do all we can to make things easier for you. One of our clients, Tiffany Coley, called our defense team a “bright light of sunshine” during a very arduous period in her family’s life. We can support you throughout the case by:
- Providing a free consultation: During this confidential session, we can explain how we may apply our services to your situation.
- Responding quickly to questions: No matter what time a client calls, we’ll answer promptly. This way, you do not have to spend much time waiting for information.
- Being friendly yet professional: Since your future is on the line, you may find it difficult to remain detached enough to make sound legal decisions. We can lend you our expertise whenever you are unsure about what to do or confused about a legal concept.
- Contacting you with updates: We will work closely with you throughout the case. This includes updating you as soon as there are any major changes and explaining what each development means for you.
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Involuntary Manslaughter Penalties You May Face
Whether a prosecutor charges involuntary manslaughter as a felony or a misdemeanor depends on who the victim is.
18 Pa. C.S.A § 11 spells out the different levels of penalties levied for felonies and misdemeanors.
If the victim is under 12 years old and was in your care or custody, you could face a second-degree felony charge per 18 Pa. C.S.A. § 2504(b). The penalties for second-degree felonies include the following:
- A prison sentence of up to 10 years
- A fine of up to $25,000
- Probation and restitution
Restitution is money paid to the survivors of the alleged crime. If a judge orders you to pay restitution, you must be diligent about keeping up with restitution payments. Failure to pay could result in additional penalties.
Many involuntary manslaughter cases are categorized as first-degree misdemeanors. This is the most serious type of misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor, you could face the following:
- A prison sentence of up to five years
- A fine of up to $10,000
- Probation and restitution
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How Manslaughter Penalties Could Impact You
The penalties involved with an involuntary manslaughter conviction are serious enough to upend your life as you know it. A conviction could:
- Affect your mental health: The knowledge that you have been convicted and will spend time in prison can negatively affect your well-being and self-image.
- Deplete your finances: Fines can take a big chunk out of your savings, while a prison sentence prevents you from working and supporting your family.
- Stall your career: A conviction could make it more difficult to keep your old job or find a new one. You may also have difficulty finding a place to live.
- End relationships: Your spouse or significant other, friends, and relatives might decide they no longer wish to be associated with you after a conviction.
It is unfair that those with criminal records receive such harsh treatment, especially if the case against them was unjust. We will work hard to keep you from being convicted and facing these adverse consequences.
Involuntary Manslaughter Versus Voluntary Manslaughter and Other Charges
When one person kills another, there are three broad categories under which they may be charged:
- Murder or homicide: Someone died because of a pre-meditated, intentional attack. Alternatively, someone died while another person committed a felony, such as arson. First-degree murder is a common murder charge in these situations and, if serious enough, may carry the death penalty.
- Voluntary manslaughter: Someone died after they (or someone else) provoked another person into committing the offense. Alternatively, someone died because another person falsely believed they had done something to warrant the attack.
- Involuntary manslaughter: Involuntary manslaughter occurs when someone’s “reckless or grossly negligent” behavior results in a fatality, but it is still considered an accidental killing. For example, if someone speeds through a stop sign and kills a pedestrian, they might face involuntary manslaughter charges.
These are just a few types of homicide charges people can face. We can help you better understand these categories, why you face an involuntary manslaughter charge, and how you can best defend yourself. We have to create reasonable doubt, which might be easier than you think.
If You’ve Already Been Convicted
If you or someone in your family has already been convicted of involuntary manslaughter, don’t worry. We may still be able to fight it. We can review the evidence and determine if there were errors in the investigation or trial process. Depending on what we find, we might be able to get your conviction overturned or reduced.
As appellate attorneys with years of experience and extensive knowledge of Pennsylvania’s criminal laws, we know there are plenty of reasons to appeal a conviction. No matter what stage of criminal proceedings or sentencing you’re in, it’s not too late to hire an attorney.
During our initial consultation, we will look for unfair practices during court proceedings and discuss your defense options. We are here to present your side and try to fight the conviction. With our help, you can be sure that your rights will be protected and that you will get the best possible result for your situation.
Call for a Consultation With an Involuntary Manslaughter Defense Lawyer
The Law Offices of M.J. Snyder, LLC., offers free and confidential consultations to everyone who calls our firm. We understand how serious an involuntary manslaughter charge is and how it can affect your life. You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone.
If you face involuntary or voluntary manslaughter charges in Philadelphia, contact us as soon as possible. We would be happy to explain what a criminal defense lawyer from our office can do for you.