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Experienced Minnesota Manslaughter Defense Attorney
While a manslaughter charge is not as serious as a murder charge, it should be treated just as seriously by you and your attorney.
If you suspect you are under investigation for manslaughter, or if someone you love was just charged with manslaughter, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.
I am Murad Mohammad. I have been protecting the rights of clients in criminal court across the state of Minnesota since 2006. I have received recognition by my peers for my dedication to service, and have secured several not guilty verdicts in dozens of cases. Most importantly, I firmly believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
I never judge my clients, but I always dedicate myself to aggressive defending their rights.
Minnesota’s Manslaughter Charges
- Manslaughter in the first degree: In general, a person intentionally kills another “in the heat of passion,” that person is guilty of manslaughter in the first degree. This requires that the actor purposely sought the death of the other, but did so without any premeditation. Other actions that fall under this category include negligent causing the death of another person while attempting to commit a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offense. Manslaughter in the first degree is often referred to as voluntary manslaughter.
- Manslaughter in the second degree: Here, a person’s state of mind has nothing to do with the killing itself. Instead, if the defendant caused the death of someone due to negligence, that defendant can be convicted of manslaughter in the second degree. This crime is often referred to as involuntary manslaughter.
The Differences Between Murder & Manslaughter
While both murder and manslaughter are homicide charges, there are several factors that differentiate murder from manslaughter. For instance,
- The crime of murder requires premeditation, or enough forethought that the killing was planned.
- Murder charges can arise when a defendant has shown extreme disregard for life.
- The crimes also carry vastly different consequences. A murder conviction, especially murder in the first degree, can land a defendant in prison for the rest of his or her life. A manslaughter in the first degree conviction, on the other hand, carries up to 15 years of prison time and a fine up to $30,000
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It is important that you begin building your defense as soon as possible. So if you are facing manslaughter charges, or if you believe manslaughter charges might be coming your way, reach out to a skilled Minnesota criminal defense attorney today. Call me.
You can reach me via email or you can call my Minneapolis-based offices at 651.283.5324. We will discuss your situation and create a plan of attack that will protect your rights and your future.