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Manslaughter

There are a number of manslaughter offenses. Below are a listing of manslaughter offenses and more information on each.

Voluntary manslaughter occurs when someone kills another person or their unborn child because of a “sudden passion or [...] fit of rage” that’s provoked by the victim—this provocation must be “sufficient to incite [them] into using deadly force.”

Involuntary manslaughter happens when the offender kills someone or their unborn child while committing or trying to commit a misdemeanor or felony.
The qualification for vehicular manslaughter is simple: someone or their unborn child must have died as a result of you committing a minor misdemeanor that involves a vehicle.

There is no criminal case more sensitive or consequences more serious than when a person loses their life.  Depending on the nature and severity of the allegations, manslaughter can be charged as a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail to a first degree felony, punishable by up to 11 years in prison.

Simply put, if you are convicted of manslaughter, it will be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, your life will never be the same. Therefore, it is critical that you give the defense of your manslaughter charge the highest level of importance.

The Columbus Criminal Defense team will take an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with manslaughter. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation, whether your arrest was lawful, if there were any problems in the collection, storage or testing of evidence and any other legal issues that can be raised on your behalf.

We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor and by conducting our own investigation. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, lab reports and potentially video or audio.

Our investigation will consist of going to the scene, interviewing all witnesses and potentially hiring a private detective for further investigation.  As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor and our investigation for your review

Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.

If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.

For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with criminal offenses from minor misdemeanors to first degree felonies. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help

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If you’ve been charged with any of these offenses, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at advice@columbuscriminalattorney.com.

Voluntary manslaughter

This is a felony of the first degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of three to 11 years
  • A fine of $10,000 to $20,000

Involuntary manslaughter

This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of nine months to three years
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
  • If the misdemeanor was an OVI / DUI, your license will be suspended for life
This is a felony of the first degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison sentence of three to 11 years
  • A fine of $10,000 to $20,000
  • If the misdemeanor was an OVI / DUI, your license will be suspended for life

Vehicular manslaughter

This is a misdemeanor of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A jail sentence of up to 90 days
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $750
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for three months to two years
This is a misdemeanor of the first degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A jail sentence of up to 180 days
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $1,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for three months to two years
Have a question we didn’t answer below? Feel free to email us or call us and we’ll help you out.
Unlike homicide, murder involves negative intentions and some degree of planning–whether elaborate or merely in the moment. Homicide is simply killing one other person without planning and sometimes without intending to kill them.

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