Cleveland Manslaughter Attorney
Manslaughter in Ohio involves the killing of another person, and as you can imagine it is a very serious charge with dire consequences . If you are facing manslaughter charges in Cleveland, it’s imperative to contact an experienced lawyer ASAP. Examining the evidence early and challenging the case against you could be the difference between having the case dismissed, reduced, or proving your innocence in court.
If you are charged with or under investigation for manslaughter in the Cleveland area, you should speak with an experienced manslaughter attorney who can pursue the best possible outcome. As a former Cuyahoga County prosecutor, defense attorney Daniel M. Margolis knows how these cases are built and where to find flaws.
Voluntary Manslaughter and Involuntary Manslaughter
Manslaughter is defined in the Ohio Revised Code ORC § 2903.03 as knowingly causing the death of a person – including terminating another person’s pregnancy – while in a fit of passion or rage, or because of some sexual motivation.
Both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter are first-degree felonies, and are punishable by prison sentences ranging from three to 11 years, up to $25,000 in fines, and possible restitution fees to victims’ families.
Manslaughter vs. Murder Charges
In Ohio, the Revised Code 2903 describes both manslaughter and murder. However, voluntary manslaughter outlines the alleged offender’s mental state as disturbed or aroused to the point of acting on impulse and/or irrationally. Therefore, the killing is considered the result of emotional excitement without premeditation. The offense becomes murder if the person in question had time to return to a calm emotional state or “cool off” before the killing.
Involuntary manslaughter on the other hand refers to the unintentional death of another person as a result of reckless actions, negligence, committing another felony, or any other actions.
Manslaughter Penalties in Ohio
Involuntary manslaughter occurs when a person kills another person but did not intend to do so. It’s still considered a first degree felony if it occurred while committing a felony. As a result, you face between three to 11 years in prison and maximum $20,000 fine.
If the involuntary manslaughter occurred while committing a misdemeanor, it’s considered a third-degree felony and you could serve between one to five years in prison with a maximum $10,000 fine.
Voluntary manslaughter charges, or “heat of passion” charges, are also a first-degree felony in Ohio, meaning up to 11 years in prison ,a $20,000 fine, and possible victim restitution.
What Can a Manslaughter Defense Lawyer Do?
When you’re accused or being investigated for manslaughter in Cuyahoga County you need to be smart and act fast. The state is mounting a case that could sent you to prison for years. You need a lawyer who knows what’s at stake for you and what it will take to resolve the case in your favor.
As an experienced and meticulous defense lawyer, Daniel M. Margolis will approach your case by conducting an exhaustive investigation. If someone is making a false claim, we’ll uncover it. If there are problems with the evidence, we will find them. From there, we will craft the strongest possible defense strategy. We’ll fight in court to make sure faulty evidence is not used against you and inaccurate witnesses aren’t heard. If you are accused causing the death of someone else, let attorney Daniel M. Margolis strive to clear your name.
Attorney Daniel M. Margolis has more than 20 years of experience in criminal defense and can handle every aspect of your case. From preparing a strong defense to negotiating for a result that lets you move on with your life; we understand what’s on the line and how achieve the best possible outcome.
Call Attorney Margolis Now
There’s no time to waste if you’re accused of manslaughter. To handle things the right way, call The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC at (216) 533-9533 for a free and confidential consultation. We will explain your options and how we can help.