Colorado Springs Manslaughter Defense Attorneys
According to Colorado code, a person commits manslaughter if:
1. Such person recklessly causes the death of another person; or
2. Such person intentionally causes or aids another person to commit suicide.
As a class 4 felony, manslaughter is deemed less culpable than murder. The two broad categories for manslaughter are voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary occurs when the accused kills in the heat of the moment after being provoked. Involuntary manslaughter happens when there is no provocation and no intention.
Regarding involuntary manslaughter, there is either constructive manslaughter or criminally negligent manslaughter. Regardless of the charge, both come with criminal liability. Constructive manslaughter happens when someone didn’t intend to kill but the murder happened while they were doing something unlawful. Criminally negligent manslaughter occurs when someone is grossly unaware of the responsibilities they have to protect life, which then results in death. The clearest example of criminal negligence is when a child gets locked in a hot car all day and dies. The guardian would be accused of criminally negligent manslaughter.
The subcategories for involuntary manslaughter also include vehicular manslaughter and assisted suicide.
Regardless of the situation, any charge that involves manslaughter is extremely serious. It would be our privilege to walk through the defense process with you and work endlessly to protect your rights. Call us today at 719-227-0230.