Manslaughter is a very serious offense in the State of Washington. It involves the death of another person. When you are charged with causing the death of another person you need an attorney with significant experience in the criminal law. More specifically, you need an attorney that has handled murder and manslaughter cases before. James Bible is an experienced criminal law attorney that has significant murder case experience. Additionally, ‘many attorneys come to Mr. Bible for assistance with the homicide cases that they are handling.
Manslaughter in the First Degree: A person may be found guilty of Manslaughter in the First Degree if the prosecutor proves beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- A person recklessly caused the death of another;
- Manslaughter in the First Degree is a class A Felony.
When looking at Manslaughter in the first degree many get confused about what it means to be reckless as it relates to the death of another. In Washington State Reckless is defined by the Washington Pattern Jury Instructions (WPIC). Reckless is defined as:
- A person is reckless or acts recklessly when he or she knows of and disregards a substantial risk that [a wrongful act] [(fill in more particular description of act, if applicable)] may occur and this disregard is a gross deviation from conduct that a reasonable person would exercise in the same situation.
- It is important to know that in Washington State Recklessness can be proved if the prosecutor established that the person acted intentionally or knowingly.
Manslaughter in the Second Degree: A person may be found guilty of Manslaughter in the Second Degree if the prosecutor proves beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- A person, with criminal negligence, causes the death of another person.
- Manslaughter in the Second Degree is a class B felony.
Criminal Negligence is defined by the Washington Pattern Jury Instructions as:
A person is criminally negligent or acts with criminal negligence when he or she fails to be aware of a substantial risk that [a wrongful act] [(fill in more particular description of act, if applicable)] may occur and this failure constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would exercise in the same situation.
[When criminal negligence [as to a particular [result] [fact]] is required to establish an element of a crime, the element is also established if a person acts [intentionally] [or] [knowingly] [or] [recklessly] [as to that [result] [fact]].]
Being charged with a serious criminal charge is a frightening experience. It is often difficult to figure out who you should turn to for assistance and what you should or should not be doing. When evaluating who should assist you or a loved one with this type of case you need someone who has experience. You need someone that will fully investigate the matter and be prepared to develop arguments that benefit your case. The James Bible Law Group is dedicated to providing quality representation to those that are in need. If you are in need of representation please call (425) 748-4585 or (425) 519-3675.