Manslaughter (N.J.S.A. 2C:11-4b) differs slightly from murder in that recklessness or provocation is an element of the crime.
That doesn’t mean it isn’t an extremely serious charge, or that the lack of intent is any kind of defense.
Tragic accidents and moments where you lose control result in manslaughter charges, and extremely negative outcomes for defendants, all the time.
As a crime of the second degree, penalties for being convicted of manslaughter mean you’ll spend five to 10 years in prison and face heavy fines, up to $150,000. After all that, you’ll have to live with a felony record for the rest of your life.
Manslaughter cases are often extremely emotional as the defendant is frequently a friend or family member of the victim.
The people in a manslaughter defendant’s life may have taken sides, and the entire experience can be as punishing as any sentence the court can hand down.
It’s very important that people charged with manslaughter get experienced and informed legal help to provide perspective and a sound strategy to address the charges.
Whether you intend to present a vigorous defense against the charges or simply want to negotiate the best outcome, an experienced lawyer can help.
Reisig has defended people in New Jersey against even very serious criminal charges for nearly 20 years.
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