If you have been charged with manslaughter, you could face very serious punishments, including extensive incarceration. It is extremely important that you contact a Tampa criminal defense lawyer immediately after you are aware that you have been charged with any level of manslaughter offense.

Manslaughter charges can be divided into the following:

  1. Voluntary Manslaughter - This type of charge usually involves intentionally killing another person but without premeditation. This might be termed a "passion" killing.

  2. Involuntary Manslaughter - This usually involves criminal negligence of some sort. An act that was not premeditated that resulted in the death of another.

  3. Vehicular Manslaughter - This involves causing the death of another while driving a vehicle (possibly while under the influence of drugs or alcohol).