Under Maryland state law, a person can be convicted of a felony for killing another without mischievousness planning or killing in the “heat of passion.” One example of manslaughter can result when proper safety precautions are not taken at a work site and innocent bystanders are accidentally killed. Cases such as this require meticulous planning and fact gathering. At the Law Offices of Gary H. Gerstenfield, we can help you prove that the second degree murder charge you face from the prosecution were indeed an accident and should be considered manslaughter.
It is important to note that under Maryland Criminal Code 2-207(b), the murder of a person who is found having sexual intercourse with your spouse, or the murder of your spouse, does not constitute manslaughter instead of a murder, and will not be considered a “heat of passion” or “fit of rage” crime.
Maryland Criminal Code § 2-207 requires the sentence for manslaughter to be imprisonment for no more than 10 years with the possibility of early release. Manslaughter penalties vary widely based on specific details of a crime so it is important that you contact the Law Offices of Gary H. Gerstenfield today to speak in confidence with an attorney that knows your rights and will fight for your best interests.
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