A manslaughter charge can result when you cause the death of another individual. The charge falls under the criminal offense “homicide.” There are many different things that can lead to the death of another, and manslaughter is one of the charges that is filed if the murder fits into a certain set of standards. Lustberg Law Offices, LLC will give you the knowledgeable guidance and aggressive defense that you need if you are faced with a manslaughter charge.
There are two levels of manslaughter in New Jersey. The first is aggravated manslaughter, which means that you acted with indifference to human life, which can carry a sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison. If you caused death while attempting to elude police during a high speed chase, a penalty of 10 to 20 years can be imposed.
Manslaughter is a second degree crime. A disregard of the risk that death would result when an offense was committed can carry up to 10 years in prison. If it is a heat of passion homicide following reasonable provocation, such as rage or fear, and the defendant did not have time to calm down, you could face 5 to 10 years in prison.
Although the penalties for manslaughter are potentially less than those for murder, they are still very harsh if you are convicted of this charge. Depending upon whether you are charged with manslaughter or aggravated manslaughter, you could face anywhere from 5 to 30 years in prison, which is why you need an attorney to evaluate all of the facets of your case and to mount your defense immediately. In the case of vehicular manslaughter, there could be jail time, fines, and the loss of your driver’s license, depending upon the circumstances. Either way, if you are convicted, you may spend time in jail which will be difficult for you and your family.
Defending you against these charges will take time, which is why it is important that you contact Adam M. Lustberg immediately. Mr. Lustberg will take your statement and begin an investigation into the case to learn all the details possible to present them when appropriate. This evaluation gives him the foundation he needs to develop a defense for you against these charges and to secure the best outcome possible. If you are facing manslaughter charges, contact Lustberg Law Offices, LLC today for your free consultation.