Violent Crimes such as Involuntary manslaughter is defined under chapter 25 section 2504 of the Pa criminal code and is unlike the other types of killing defined in this section. assault crimes The key distinction between involuntary manslaughter and the other types of killing boils down to intent. A person is charged under this statute if as a result of their reckless or grossly negligent behavior, a person dies. Due to the fact that in these cases there is no intent on the part of the individual to kill the other person, the prosecution has the difficult task of proving that the person was killed as a result of reckless or grossly negligent behavior. If no causal link between the behavior and the killing is established, then the charge of involuntary manslaughter cannot hold up. The charge of involuntary manslaughter is a misdemeanor of the first-degree and with it comes a penalty of up to five years in prison. Due to the relative seriousness of the charges and the fact that a death occurred it, is important to avoid behaviors that could lead to this charge.