Involuntary Manslaughter is a very serious crime in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since it deals with the causing of the death of another person. Although Involuntary Manslaughter is similar to Murder in that it is a criminal charge for the taking of another person’s life, it is by far the least serious crime involving the death of another person. Murder In order for an individual to be convicted of the crime of Involuntary Manslaughter, the government must prove the following criminal elements beyond a reasonable doubt: First, that the Defendant acted with either the mind set of recklessness or gross negligence when he committed the act that killed the victim and second, that there was a nexus between the conduct of the defendant (which led to the death) and the actual death of the victim. Accordingly the government must prove more than the fact that the death was probably caused by the acts of the defendant. So the following criminal activity would not be considered serious enough to warrant the charging of Involuntary Manslaughter:
Leaving a drunk friend to sleep it off in a place where the defendant believed that he or she would be safe or receiving numerous traffic tickets as a result of the removal of farm equipment.
The main point to remember in dealing with Murder type charges such as Involuntary Manslaughter is that the government must prove that the defendant acted with a “disregard for human life”. The Castle Doctrine It is important to remember that you should consult with an experienced Involuntary Manslaughter attorney or lawyer if you have been charged or are being investigated for this crime. A conviction for the crime of Involuntary Manslaughter is a very serious matter and can lead to a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.