Michigan Manslaughter Lawyers

Understand What Michigan Manslaughter Charges Are and What to do About Them

Manslaughter is a serious charge, with consequences that can be life-altering. If you’re being charged with manslaughter, then you need experienced legal representation to help you fight for your future.

The Michigan manslaughter lawyers at Gentry Nalley have been handling these types of cases for four decades. This has enabled us to acquire the legal insights and experience needed to provide a solid defense for clients like you.

What is Voluntary Manslaughter in Michigan?

Michigan law does not clearly define what constitutes manslaughter. Rather, the state divides manslaughter charges into two separate categories: voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Which category a charge falls into depends on the severity of the surrounding factors.

Voluntary Manslaughter is an intentional homicide that does not include premeditation.

For example, the accused may have allegedly become “emotionally charged” and caused the death of the deceased in a fit of anger without a period of reflection for cooling off. There was intention in the moment, but the act was not pre-planned or committed after sober reflection.

What is Involuntary Manslaughter in Michigan?

Also called “criminally negligent manslaughter”, involuntary manslaughter is viewed as a lesser charge in comparison to voluntary manslaughter.

Involuntary Manslaughter is where the homicide was purely unintentional. In other words, a person was accidentally killed due to the reckless or careless actions of another person.

For help understanding how your manslaughter charge may be classified in Michigan, contact the Michigan manslaughter lawyers at Gentry Nalley today.

How Michigan Punishes Those Convicted of Manslaughter

Both voluntary or involuntary manslaughter charges in Michigan are punishable by a fine of up to $7,500 and not more than 15 years in prison, as stated in Michigan Penal Code 750.321. The specific sentence is determined by the court after weighing the factors of the case which will greatly affect the final outcome.

Gentry Nalley knows how to help our clients reduce their charges as much as possible. A key way we do this is to make sure they are well prepared for their day in court, thus producing the best possible outcome for their Michigan manslaughter case.

“Ms. Nalley stood up to the prosecution’s pressure to enter into a plea agreement and was able to secure a dismissal in my case. Without qualification, I highly recommend Ms. Nalley as your defense attorney in any criminal matter; she is knowledgeable, prepared and disarmingly pleasant while being a true advocate ready to go to trial when you need it!”

– David Parrott

What You Should Do When Facing Manslaughter Charges in Michigan

When you are facing manslaughter charges in Michigan, follow these recommendations to protect your rights and to produce the best possible outcome:

  1. Do not talk to anyone without your attorney present. Be polite and cooperative, but do not answer any questions or agree to any deals. All you need to say is, “I would like to see my attorney.”
  2. Do not share details of the case with anyone, verbally or in writing or electronically, including family or loved ones.
  3. Do not consent to anything without the advice of an attorney. This includes searches, DNA samples or other tests.
  4. Do not resist arrest. Never struggle or attempt to escape the police.
  5. Only provide the following information to law enforcement officials: your name, address, contact information, fingerprints, and the name of your attorney.
  6. Get an attorney as soon as possible by contacting Gentry Nalley when you are granted access to a phone. If you must call a family member, do not share anything with them about the case; have them contact us right away.

Dedicated Michigan Manslaughter Lawyers That Provide a Superior Legal Defense

From the moment we begin representing you, Gentry Nalley will leverage all resources available to conduct a superior investigation of the circumstances surrounding your case. Our team not only carefully combs through the prosecution’s case, but we also utilize in-house investigators and engage some of the top legal authorities in both the U.S. and the world in order to provide the best defense possible for our clients.

Trust the Michigan Manslaughter Attorneys With 40 Years of Experience

Thanks to our proven effectiveness in the courtroom, you can trust Gentry Nalley to utilize our 40 years of combined experience in criminal and civil litigation to help you navigate the many complexities in your homicide case.

Our attention to detail, knowledge of the legal system, and timely communication from our law office throughout the duration of your case mean you’ll receive an unparalleled level of legal support. We’ll also employ adept listening skills along the way as we make it easy for you to check the status of your case, putting you back in control during the entire process.

Contact Our Michigan Manslaughter Attorneys Today

If you’ve been charged with manslaughter in Michigan, then it’s time to let Gentry Nalley provide the legal defense you need. Contact us today by calling (517) 552-4092 or use our contact form.

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