Manslaughter can be defined as the intentional killing of a human being without it being deliberated, premeditated or with malice which is doing something wrong on purpose with absolutely no justifiable reason. Manslaughter could be an involuntary charge due to it happening during a legal or lawful activity due to lack of caution used. Malice aforethought, which is defined as the intent to kill or harm another, must be absent in order to be charged with manslaughter. If it is not absent then your charge will be upgraded to a murder charge.
Manslaughter charges can be one of two types. There is involuntary manslaughter and voluntary manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter charges require an intent to kill someone or to cause serious bodily harm to them. Involuntary manslaughter does not require an intent to kill someone or to cause serious bodily harm to them. In the state of Connecticut, manslaughter laws and its penalties are divided based on things such as the degree of violence that was used during the commission of the crime and whether or not the killing was reckless and or negligent. For example, if you were intending to seriously injure your victim and you ended up actually killing your victim, it would be deemed a first-degree manslaughter charge. In another example, if the death was caused by the driver of a motor vehicle and the driver was simply acting negligently and recklessly behind the wheel of his or her car, then the driver can be charged with first-degree manslaughter. In the state of Connecticut, you can be charged with either first-degree manslaughter or second-degree manslaughter. Manslaughter charges in the state of Connecticut are not based on voluntary or involuntary.
First-degree manslaughter charges and first-degree manslaughter with firearm charges are both Class B felonies. A person can be found guilty of manslaughter in the first degree when they intend to cause serious physical harm to another person, they causes the death of another person, they have the intent to cause the death of another person, they causes the death of such person or of a third person under circumstances which do not constitute murder because he committed the proscribed act(s) under the influence of extreme emotional disturbance or under circumstances evincing an extreme indifference to human life, they recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to another person and thereby caused the death of another person. A person can be found guilty of manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm when they commit manslaughter in the first degree and in the commission of such offense they use or are armed with and threaten the use of by actual display or by using their words or conduct that he possesses a pistol, revolver, shotgun, machine gun, rifle or other firearm. Both of these charges are punishable by up to twenty (20) years in prison and up to $15,000 in fees and fines. You cannot be found guilty of both crimes for the same incident though. If manslaughter was committed with a firearm or while you were threatening to use a firearm then at least five (5) years of the sentence must be served.
A person can be found guilty of manslaughter in the second degree with a firearm when they commit manslaughter in the second degree and when they committed such offense they used or were armed with and threaten the use of or displayed or represented by their words or conduct that they had a pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun or other firearm. A person can be found guilty of manslaughter in the second degree with a motor vehicle when, while they were operating a motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating liquor, drug or both, they caused the death of another person as a consequence of the effect of such liquor or drug. A person can also be found guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when they recklessly cause the death of another person or they intentionally cause or aid another person without using force, duress or deception, to commit suicide. Second-degree manslaughter charges and second-degree manslaughter with a firearm or motor vehicle charges are all Class C felonies. They are punishable by up to ten (10) years in prison and up to $10,000 in fees and fines. You cannot be found guilty of both, second-degree manslaughter charges and manslaughter with a firearm charge for the same incident. If second-degree manslaughter is committed with or while you are threatening the use of a firearm, then at least one (1) year of the sentence must be served. If second-degree manslaughter was committed with a motor vehicle, the person's license will be suspended. Once the driver’s license is reinstated, the person must drive for two (2) years with an approved interlock device on their car. This device will require the driver to give a breath sample before the car can be started. This device ensures that the driver is sober and capable to operating the vehicle in a safe manner. A person can be found guilty of misconduct with a motor vehicle when they caused the death of another person while being criminally negligent while they were operating a motor vehicle. This charge is considered a Class D felony. It is punishable by up to five (5) years in prison and up to $5,000 in fees and fines. If you are arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide, you will be facing a Class A misdemeanor. This charge is punishable by up to one (1) year in prison and up to $2,000 in fees and fines.
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