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Understanding Manslaughter Charges in Minneapolis

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If you have been charged with first or second-degree manslaughter in Minnesota, taking the right steps to protect your future will be crucial. If you are convicted, you could face a lengthy prison sentence and tens of thousands of dollars in fines. For this reason, you should waste no time in securing the help of a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer from our firm, Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.

Our criminal defense attorneys are available to discuss your case 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so please don’t wait to give us a call at (612) 444-5020. Your initial consultation is free.

Understanding Voluntary vs. Involuntary Manslaughter in MN

Manslaughter is broadly defined as causing the death of another person in a manner less culpable than murder. The distinction between murder and manslaughter comes down to the person’s state of mind at the time of the killing. For example, a homicide that was committed in the “heat of passion” may not amount to murder in the eyes of the law because of the individual’s state of mind.

In Minnesota, the law also distinguishes between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. With voluntary manslaughter, the perpetrator has the intent to cause death or serious injury; however, their culpability is reduced because of their state of mind. On the other hand, involuntary manslaughter involves unintentional death that is caused by a reckless disregard for the safety of others.

First-Degree Manslaughter: Penalties and Defense in MN

According to Minnesota Statute § 609.20, if you are convicted of manslaughter in the first degree, you could be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison and/or fined up to $30,000.

You could be charged with manslaughter in the first degree if you:

  • Cause the death of another person in the heat of passion following provocation
  • Cause the death of another person as a result of committing misdemeanor assault
  • Cause another person’s death after being coerced by threats of imminent death
  • Cause another person’s death as a result of distributing a controlled substance
  • Cause another person’s death as a result of malicious punishment of a child

Second-Degree Manslaughter: Understanding the Consequences

According to Minnesota Statute § 609.205, if you are convicted of manslaughter in the second degree, you could be sentenced to no more than 10 years in prison and/or fined up to $20,000.

You could be charged with manslaughter in the second degree if you:

  • Cause the death of another person as a result of culpable negligence
  • Negligently shoot another person believing they are a deer or other animal
  • Cause the death of another person by setting a spring gun, pitfall, snare, etc.
  • Cause another person’s death by permitting a dangerous animal to run free
  • Cause the death of another person by neglecting or endangering a child

Murder vs. Manslaughter: Key Legal Differences in MN

Many people may confuse manslaughter with murder, but they are actually two distinct crimes with different legal definitions. While murder involves the intentional killing of another person with malice aforethought, manslaughter is a less severe crime that usually involves reckless or negligent behavior that results in someone's death.

If you have been charged with manslaughter, it is important to seek the advice of a manslaughter attorney who can explain the charges against you and help you build a strong defense. At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., we have extensive experience defending clients against violent crime charges.

Strategic Defense for Manslaughter Charges in Minneapolis

When you enlist the help of our firm, our manslaughter lawyers will thoroughly investigate your case, gather evidence, and build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific situation. We understand the complexities of Minnesota manslaughter laws and will work tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

When facing manslaughter charges, it is important to remember:

  • There are different degrees of manslaughter, each with its own set of penalties.
  • Proving manslaughter requires showing that the accused caused the death of another person through reckless or negligent behavior.
  • Defenses such as self-defense or accident may be applicable in certain cases.
  • Our attorneys have extensive courtroom experience and are skilled negotiators, capable of securing favorable plea deals or taking your case to trial if necessary.

Don't leave your future to chance. Contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. today for a free consultation, and let us fight for your rights and freedom.

Free Consultation: Contact Our Minneapolis Manslaughter Defense Team

If you are facing manslaughter charges in Minnesota, now is the time to take action in the interest of your defense. Call the Minneapolis manslaughter lawyers at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. to request your free, no-obligation consultation. Not only do we possess more than a century of collective legal experience, but we have successfully handled hundreds of jury trials throughout the state.

After an arrest, we should be your first call. Here’s five reasons why:

  • Both of our partners have worked as state prosecutors
  • We are available to our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • We have been defending clients in Minneapolis since 1983
  • We offer a FREE, no-obligation consultation to start your case
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Contact our firm today at (612) 444-5020 to take advantage of a free consultation.


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    It’s crucial to know that while you should remain respectful with authorities, you have the right to remain silent. This a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which makes it clear individuals are protected from being compelled to be a witness against him / herself in criminal matters.

    It’s important to note that:

    • Talking will not help you avoid an arrest. If law enforcement has probable cause to arrest you, then they will arrest you.
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