Tennessee Manslaughter Defense Attorney and Criminal Defense Law Firm Located in Knoxville, TN

Manslaughter is a term that refers to homicide offenses that are lacking the requisite level of intent to be classified as murder.  Voluntary manslaughter is defined under Tennessee law as the intentional or knowing killing of another in a state of passion produced by adequate provocation sufficient to lead a reasonable person to act in an irrational manner.  Voluntary manslaughter typically refers to situations in which the crime committed would otherwise constitute second degree murder, but the person who caused the death was overcome by a state of passion produced by adequate provocation.  To be “adequate,” within this context, the provocation must be such at a reasonable person, as determined by the jury, would have been lead to act in an irrational manner.  Voluntary manslaughter is a Class C Felony punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

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There is no offense in Tennessee specifically termed involuntary manslaughter. However, reckless homicide and criminally negligent homicide are both crimes that refer to conduct that would otherwise be denoted as involuntary manslaughter. Reckless homicide is defined in Tennessee as the reckless killing of another person. In this context, the term “reckless” means that the individual was aware of, but consciously disregarded, a substantial and unjustifiable risk that his conduct would cause death or serious bodily injury to another person.  Reckless homicide is a Class D Felony, punishable by up to 12 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.  Similar to reckless homicide is the offense of criminally negligent homicide.  Criminally negligent homicide is defined as criminally negligent conduct that results in the death of another person.  Criminally negligent homicide is a Class E Felony, punishable by up to 6 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $3,000.  

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If you or someone you know has been charged with manslaughter, it is critical that you obtain the assistance of an experienced attorney immediately.  The attorneys at The Law Offices of James A.H. Bell, P.C. have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to defend your case fight for your interests.  Our attorneys have been successfully defending manslaughter charges in and around the Knoxville area for over two decades.  Put our experience to work for you, and call one of our knowledgeable attorneys located in Knoxville, TN to schedule a free consultation today.