Manslaughter Attorney for the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast
Florida Statute 782.07
Manslaughter Laws in Florida
In Texas, taking a human life is a serious event that can have severe consequences. Even when this kind of incident occurs accidentally, criminal charges can still be filed. When a person is killed as the result of negligence or recklessness, manslaughter charges can be filed. The result can be imprisonment and fines for the person accused of the crime.
Manslaughter charges are distinct from murder charges, although they are still very serious. The main distinction between manslaughter charges and murder charges is the issue of intent. When a person intentionally kills another person, they can be charged with murder. However, if an accident or reckless actions result in a death, manslaughter charges can be filed.
What Is Manslaughter?
In the state of Florida, manslaughter is considered a type of criminal homicide along with murder. According to Section 782.07 of the Florida Penal Code, manslaughter occurs when:
- A person recklessly causes the death of an individual
For the purposes of the law, a person can be considered to behave recklessly if they commit an action without the appropriate amount of care and caution. Engaging in a behavior that has the risk of death or injury can lead to manslaughter charges if a person dies as a direct result of the action and appropriate safety precautions were not followed.
Manslaughter charges are serious and require an attorney with the background to provide an outstanding criminal defense. Wayne Richter is proactive in the defense of his clients. Hiring West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Wayne Richter prior to an arrest, or immediately following your arrest, can be vital to your defense. Call Wayne Richter for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.