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Manslaughter in Palm Beach County, Florida

Manslaughter in Palm Beach County, Florida

Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of one human being by another without express or implied intent to do injury. The law differentiates between levels of this crime based on the “mens rea” – or state of mind. Manslaughter is broken down into two different categories: voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter – Caught up in the moment Voluntary manslaughter occurs when an individual kills someone in the heat of anger or passion or while committing a felony. For example, a killing is committed right after catching a spouse in the act of adultery. Involuntary manslaughter – Accidental but life-altering This occurs when a death is caused by serious negligence or a violation of a non-felony like reckless driving (“vehicular manslaughter”). There are two types of involuntary manslaughter charges: criminally… […]

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