Accusations of Manslaughter or Murder: the Difference, the Stakes

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Proof beyond a reasonable doubt. This is what the prosecution must present in order to convince a jury of a defendant’s guilt. We have all heard this phrase countless times, but it gains real meaning when the defendant’s life and lifelong freedom hang in the balance.

Being accused of murder or manslaughter requires both defendant and attorney to focus on building a strong case that will cast that reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s claims.

But what exactly is manslaughter vs. murder? Manslaughter is killing a person accidentally, in the heat of passion or through negligence or recklessness. Murder is a killing that is not accidental, and it may be planned or unplanned. Please see our web page on manslaughter and murder defense for further information.