Expert Attorneys in Arvada, Jefferson County, or Colorado, Ready to Represent You
If you have been accused of manslaughter, you have the right to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience that we will use in your defense. Perhaps more importantly, our top criminal defense attorney is a former senior prosecutor who knows how district attorneys handle these cases. That knowledge allows us to create effective strategies ranging from negotiation to courtroom battles.
Call us at 303-872-4719 in the greater Denver area or toll free at 888-725-2609 across Colorado for a free initial consultation.
Whether in the Denver area, or anywhere in Colorado, manslaughter is committed where a person recklessly causes the death of another.
Possible Consequences for Manslaughter
Manslaughter is a class 4 felony. If convicted of manslaughter, then the person faces sentencing for a class four (4) felony of: (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to ninety (90) days, or up to a two (2) year work release sentence as a condition of probation, or (2) a sentence to the department of corrections of two (2) to six (6) years, but as much as twelve (12) years if the court finds the presence of exceptional circumstances, with a mandatory parole period of three years.
Possible Defenses for Manslaughter
In the case of manslaughter, the defense may center on the fact that the person did not recklessly kill anyone, and that the resulting death was an accident, resulting in a conviction for a lesser offense. It may also be possible to demonstrate that the killing occurred in self defense.
Homicide cases require a comprehensive defense approach that may require the assistance of other professionals in a variety of different disciplines to analyze all aspects of the case. The defense may require experts in the areas of gunshot residue ("GSR"), DNA, serology, emergency medicine, psychology, psychiatry, human reaction, firearms, toolmarks, footmarks, tiremarks, crime scene investigations, and police procedure.
The remaining defenses that may be applied in a manslaughter case apply with equal force to those that may apply in any other criminal case. This includes an analysis of any violation of constitutional rights, such as the right to remain silent, the right to counsel, the right to have any searches and seizures bases on probable cause, a proper warrant, and the right to due process in the proper preservation of evidence that may be used against you. There are many other defenses that are available that rely on scrutinizing and exposing weaknesses in the prosecutor's case, such as: biased or incompetent witnesses, flawed crime scene investigation, flawed administration and procedures in collecting breath, blood, or urine for forensic testing, incompetent computer evidence, flawed photo line-ups, and inaccurate crime scene / accident reconstructions.
It is important that you hire a skilled and experienced manslaughter lawyer to defend you in a manslaughter case in Arvada, Jefferson County, or across Colorado.
Call us at 303-872-4719 in the greater Denver area or toll free across Colorado at 888-725-2609 for a free initial consultation.