According to the Louisiana legal code, homicide is defined as the killing of another person and can be divided into a number of categories. The most serious form of homicide is murder, which is intentional homicide or homicide committed in the course of a violent crime. Other types of homicide, all of which are also very serious, are manslaughter, negligent homicide, and vehicular homicide. If you have been arrested for or charged with any of these crimes in the state of Louisiana, call Bloom Legal today at 504.599.9997 to schedule a consultation with a New Orleans homicide defense lawyer.
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Manslaughter in Louisiana is a homicide that would normally be considered first- or second-degree murder, but which was committed in such a sudden passion that a normal person would be deprived of their regular faculties. A homicide is only manslaughter rather than murder if it was committed immediately following provocation. If the jury believes that enough time had passed that your “blood had actually cooled”, you will be charged with murder instead.
If convicted of manslaughter in Louisiana, you will be sentenced to a maximum of 40 years in prison. However, if the victim of the manslaughter was under 10 years old and died as a result of battery, the sentencing scale differs. In this case, you will be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years, with a maximum of 50. Unlike a regular manslaughter sentence, with this second type of manslaughter you have no chance of shortening your prison term through parole or suspension.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your Louisiana manslaughter charge, Bloom Legal is here to help. As a person charged with a crime, you have certain constitutionally guaranteed legal rights which Bloom Legal is able to protect. From our law office in downtown New Orleans, we will conduct our own investigation into the incident to determine if the prosecution has enough evidence to support the manslaughter charge. We will negotiate to have your charge dropped, dismissed, or reduced to negligent homicide if possible, as well as negotiating to have your sentence reduced. If necessary, we will try the case in the local or state court.
Louisiana Negligent Homicide
In Louisiana, negligent homicide is a less severe charge than murder or manslaughter, but it still carries serious repercussions. Negligent homicide is the killing of a person by criminal negligence. You will only be charged with negligent homicide in Louisiana if the act that caused the homicide broke a law.
If convicted of negligent homicide, you may face up to five years in prison, unless the victim was under 10 years old, in which case you will face two to five years without the hope of parole or suspension.
Louisiana Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular homicide is defined as the killing of a person caused proximately or directly by a person operating a vehicle. But in Louisiana, you can be charged with vehicular homicide even if the vehicle in question was not a car. You can also be charged with vehicular homicide if you were operating:
- A motor vehicle, such as a motorcycle or RV
- A boat
- An aircraft
- A bicycle
- Or any other mode of conveyance.
You will only be charged with vehicular homicide if the homicide occurred while you were impaired by alcohol or drugs. In this way, the guidelines for vehicular homicide are very similar to those for DUI or DWI in Louisiana. Bloom Legal boasts an experienced and certified Louisiana DUI/DWI lawyer who deeply understands the law as it pertains to your vehicular homicide charge. He will craft an appropriate defense for your case and work to have your charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced.
The sentences for vehicular homicide in Louisiana are steep, and you may see yourself facing up to $15,000 in fines and up to 30 years in prison. The experienced Louisiana homicide defense lawyers at Bloom Legal are skilled at negotiating to minimize sentences in order to minimize your loss of freedom and livelihood.
Bloom Legal, Louisiana Manslaughter and Homicide defense attorney
Centrally located in the heart of downtown New Orleans, Bloom Legal is ideally situated to serve clients across Louisiana and the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner metropolitan area. Wherever you are in Southeast Louisiana, Bloom Legal has the resources you need to help you with your Louisiana manslaughter, negligent homicide, or vehicular homicide case. In addition to New Orleans, we have the resources to serve clients from across the region, including:
- Metairie, Kenner, Gretna and the rest of Jefferson Parish
- Chalmette and St. Bernard Parish
- Slidell, Covington, and the rest of St. Tammany Parish
- LaPlace and St. John the Baptist Parish
- Des Allemands and St. Charles Parish
If you are facing a manslaughter or homicide charge in Louisiana, retain the services of a qualified defense attorney to ensure you will be well defended. Call Bloom Legal today at 504.599.9997 to schedule a consultation with a dedicated Louisiana manslaughter and homicide defense attorney.
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