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Violent Crimes: Involuntary Manslaughter

In Pennsylvania there are violent crimes such as Involuntary Manslaughter.  Violent Crimes such as Involuntary manslaughter is defined as the unintentional killing of a person as a result of a reckless or negligent act, or as a result of the commission of a non-felony crime. Although it is homicide, there are many factors that separate involuntary manslaughter from the rest. Read about the crime of Murder here  In order for someone to be charged with involuntary manslaughter, there are several elements that must be proven by the prosecution. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone died as a result of the defendant's actions, that the act was done with a reckless indifference for human life or was inherently dangerous to others, and that the defendant should have known his conduct threatened or endangered the lives of others. There are two different categories of involuntary manslaughter. One of the two categories is criminally negligent manslaughter, which is a killing caused by a severely negligent act or omission. The second category is misdemeanor manslaughter, which is a killing cause by or during the commission of a misdemeanor crime.

It is important to understand what differentiates involuntary manslaughter from first degree or second degree murder. Defending Violent Crimes cases  The main difference that sets them apart is that involuntary manslaughter is an accidental killing that results from recklessness, criminal negligence or in the commission of a misdemeanor or a low-level felony. Unlike other degrees of murder, involuntary manslaughter is the killing of the human without criminal intent. It is fairly common for involuntary manslaughter charges to arise from deadly car accidents such as a motorist driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. There are many different acts that lead to involuntary manslaughter, some of which do not seem serious at the time they take place. Acts that could lead to involuntary manslaughter include running a red light and striking a pedestrian and a manager's failure to install smoke detectors before a deadly fire breaks out.

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