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What is Considered Manslaughter in Maryland?

Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another, that is not first or second degree murder. The maximum penalty for manslaughter is 10 years -much less than the maximum for murder.

What is Considered Manslaughter in Maryland?

Manslaughter is typically defined the killing of another, but without malice or premeditation. Experienced Baltimore Criminal Defense attorneys  Attorney Eric T. Kirk have argued that an action, taken in the heat of blood or sudden passion, is manslaughter, not murder, as malice is absent. Manslaughter can be thought of, not as a lesser type of murder, but rather as a separate crime. The presence of a sufficient provocation can reduce a murder to manslaughter. The discovery of one’s spouse, in bed, with another

a so called in flagrante delicto

is not, as a matter of law, sufficient provocation to reduce murder to manslaughter. One can also be guilty of manslaughter due to the culpable operation of a car or boat that results in the death of another, under the separately charged offenses of manslaughter by vehicle or vessel- gross negligence, or manslaughter by vehicle or vessel- criminal neglignece.

I offer a free planning and strategy session to anyone accused of a crime. At this meeting, we will evaluate the evidence, examine the strength of the State’s case, and analyze the most effective defense. If the State has chosen to prosecute you, contact me today. 410 591 2935.