While it is common knowledge that a criminal charge or manslaughter or murder will result in strict penalties in Georgia, many residents are unaware of the difference between the two classifications. Fortunately, Abt Law Firm, LLC is here to help. At Abt Law Firm, LLC, we pride ourselves on helping Georgia residents learn about criminal law and how the process works, in order for individuals to be prepared to defend themselves against criminal allegations.
There is no question that the taking of one life by another is serious business. Georgia law is very strict in regards to manslaughter and murder, and classifies each of them independently with separate penalties for each crime. The most common breakdown of the two includes:
- Manslaughter – Manslaughter is the taking of one life by another, but generally refers to cases of negligence, where there was no true intent to commit murder. Often, manslaughter charges result from automobile accidents, or incidents where an accident has occurred, or the defendant did not intent to fatally injure someone else.
- Homicide/Murder - Murder can be classified as the taking of one life by another with malice aforethought. This means that the individual intentionally took the life of someone else. Whereas manslaughter may be the result of an accident, homicide or murder is the result of a calculated incident.
Penalties for Manslaughter and Murder Charges
Like most states, Georgia takes manslaughter and murder charges very seriously, and punishes defendants to the utmost extent of the law. Depending on the exact details of the incidents leading to arrest, there are myriad possibilities for charges and penalties under either classification. The most common penalties associated with manslaughter or murder includes:
- Assistance with Suicide – Punishable by up to 5 years in prison
- Manslaughter – Georgia law classifies manslaughter under two categories – voluntary and involuntary. Involuntary manslaughter is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Voluntary manslaughter is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
- Homicide/Murder – Punishable by death, life sentence in prison, and many other penalties depending on the nature of the charges and the circumstances surrounding them
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the charges against you, manslaughter and murder charges may accompany other charges such as robbery, rape, or aggravated assault. Depending on the individual details of your case, the outcome can vary significantly.
You Can Fight a Manslaughter or Murder Charge
Even though manslaughter and murder charges are serious, they do not always have to be the detriment of your future security and stability. There are many reasons why people choose to act out in violence against another person, including self defense, defense of someone else, and in order to prevent a crime. In other cases, the death of another person is purely an accident, which should not always be treated as a criminal offense. People make mistakes, and what matters is how those mistakes are handled.
At Abt Law Firm, LLC, we understand that people make mistakes and sometimes choose to behave in a way that is not in accordance with the law. Even so, that does not mean that the individual is a horrible person to be damned by the law. Often, even manslaughter and murder charges can be challenged, or at the very least, a plea bargain can be negotiated in order to secure the best outcome possible.
If you have been arrested and charged with manslaughter or murder, contact Abt Law Firm, LLC right away to schedule a free consultation. Let our experienced Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney fight for your rights, and the best interests of your future. Avoid a permanent violent criminal record by calling 1-800-NOJAIL-9 (1-800-665-2459).