Manslaughter

Manslaughter is a serious crime with serious consequences. A service member can be charged with manslaughter if he or she kills another person during a heated outburst, or a rage. Among the many penalties associated with a conviction is the possibility of spending 20 years in prison. Two decades is a long time to remain behind bars, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Securing the right defense lawyer immediately can dramatically improve your chances of the best possible outcome in your case.

Article 119: Manslaughter Defined

Article 119 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) concerns both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. In order for you to be convicted of the crime, a prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt certain elements that link you to the crime:

These elements fall under one of two different forms of manslaughter, voluntary and involuntary. In voluntary manslaughter, the prosecutor must prove:

  • A certain (named or described) person is dead.
  • The death resulted from either the act or omission of the accused.
  • The killing was unlawful.
  • The accused had the intent of killing or inflicting great physical harm upon the victim at the time of the killing.

In involuntary manslaughter, the prosecutor must prove:

  • A certain (named or described) person is dead.
  • The death resulted from either the act or omission of the accused.
  • The killing was unlawful.
  • The act or omission of the accused constituted negligence, or that the act occurred while the accused was attempting an offense that directly affected the victim (not including burglary, robbery, aggravated arson, forcible sodomy, or rape.)

It is critical that you have someone on your side with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to fight for you and your rights.

Penalties

Without a good defense attorney, you could face catastrophic consequences, including:

  • Up to 20 years prison time
  • Dishonorable discharge, which means years of benefits that you’ve worked hard for could suddenly vanish.
  • Felony charges that could disadvantage you and hinder you for the rest of your life in terms of jobs and personal freedom.

The Right Defense In Your Case

These outcomes happen all too often, but they also may be preventable with the right defense attorney fighting for you. Trust Garrison Wood. He will help you reclaim your rights so you can live life with the past where it should be—behind you.

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