Under California Penal Code Section 192(a), an intentional killing committed in “sudden heat of passion” as the result of “adequate provocation” is voluntary manslaughter. Murder is reduced to voluntary manslaughter when, for example, a person walks in on his or her spouse in bed with another person. The type of rage that a defendant in this situation experiences constitutes adequate and reasonable provocation to reduce a charge of murder to manslaughter.
If convicted of voluntary manslaughter, a defendant faces three, six, or eleven years in state prison.
Under California Penal Code Section 192(b), an unintentional killing that is the result of an act, lawful in itself, but done with conscious disregard to human life is involuntary manslaughter. An unintentional killing that occurs during the commission or attempted commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony also constitutes involuntary manslaughter.
If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, a defendant faces two, three, or four years in state prison.
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Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, Ms. Yamini will explore and apply defenses such as self-defense, insufficient proof of evidence, insanity, and more. If you or a loved one has been charged with homicide, contact the Law Office of Negin Yamini for a free consultation today. Ms. Yamini will fight rigorously to gather evidence in your favor and devise strategies to improve the outcome of your case.