Combs Law Group – Premiere Criminal Defense Lawyers St. Louis
Have you or a family member been charged with involuntary manslaughter? If so you’re probably well aware that these are serious charges under Missouri law and they shouldn’t be taken lightly. Involuntary manslaughter as defined under the law is considered a violent crime where someone takes the life of another person unintentionally. It is typically filed as a class D felony and if know anything about felony charges, the stakes are very high. The most common cause of involuntary manslaughter is vehicular manslaughter. This is when someone is found negligent in a car accident through careless and/or dangerous driving. Whatever the case may be, you should know that you’re in a fight for your freedom.
Penalties If Convicted
If you’re convicted of involuntary manslaughter you could be facing the following penalties and fines:
- Between 3-10 years in state prison.
- Between $5,000 and $10,000 in fines.
- Your license could be suspended for several years for vehicular homicide.
On top of that you could be classified as a felon and in today’s world that can have devastating consequences on someone’s career, relationships, and other areas of life.
Types of Charges
When it comes to manslaughter charges in Missouri, you could be facing one of 3 classifications that depend on the circumstances of your case. These are:
- Impaired Driving Manslaughter – This is when someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causes the death of another individual while driving.
- 2nd Degree Involuntary Manslaughter – This is when you accidentally kill someone during an action that a normal person wouldn’t make.
- 1st Degree Manslaughter – This is when the defendant knows that his actions could potentially cause injury or death to someone but doesn’t intentionally mean to kill someone.
What to do if you or a family member is facing Involuntary Manslaughter charges?
The first thing you should do is call the Combs Law Group. If you’re a family member and your loved one is in jail then call us to discuss options to get him out of jail. We can then discuss his/her case and we will provide you a glimpse into our potential legal strategy once we know more about the circumstances of the case. Chris Combs, our principal attorney has a brilliant legal mind that can devise specific plans for you and your situation. We will work with you to determine what your expectations are and we will provide guidance on whether going to trial is a good option or not. We will work with the prosecutor on your behalf and highlight all the positive elements of your life. We will work to push for diversion programs, probation, and in some cases, we will push for a complete dismissal if there were irregularities during your arrest. You will find we put everything we have into our client’s cases. That’s why we are the highest rated criminal defense lawyer on Google in the St. Louis area. So don’t wait another minute – pick up the phone and call us at 314-578-1465, or fill out one of the forms to the right.