Milwaukee Manslaughter Attorney
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Manslaughter is a serious felony charge in Wisconsin. While it won’t
rank as high as first-degree intentional homicide in terms of penalty,
those accused of the crime can still face severe punishments. Technically,
Wisconsin doesn’t have a manslaughter law in the books; however,
it was replaced with the term
second-degree intentional homicide.
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Degrees of Homicide
First-degree intentional homicide involves premeditation, while second-degree
homicide does not. Likewise, this charge also includes mitigating circumstances,
meaning factors that might be considered out of mercy or fairness. For
example, if a person is murdered in the heat of passion, the crime might
be regarded as second-degree intentional homicide.
Voluntary vs. Involuntary
Wisconsin has two degrees of reckless homicide, but only one falls into
the involuntary manslaughter category. Under Wisconsin law, if someone
negligently causes the death of someone else, this is still considered
homicide. For example, if you lose control of an animal and the animal
kills a human, you might be charged with
Homicide Resulting from Negligent Control of Vicious Animal. It may not have been on purpose, but negligence did result in the death
of another person.
Second-degree intentional homicide is a Class B felony, which can earn
you a prison sentence of up to 60 years. Other crimes, such as an OWI-DUI
homicide, would be considered a Class D Felony and can get you up to 25
years and a fine of up to $100,000 dollars. The specifics of the case
will usually dictate the severity of the charge.
The circumstances can also dictate some defenses in the statutes. For example,
in a case such as homicide by negligent use of a vehicle while intoxicated,
it can be argued in some cases that even if the defendant had exercised
due care, the death might still have occurred.
Second-degree intentional homicide can only be charged for a valid reason,
such as the following:
- Prevention of felony and coercion
- Unnecessary defense force
- Adequate provocation
For example with prevention of a felony, your attorney can argue you wanted
to put an end to a felony being committed, which then resulted in the
However, to be mitigated to a second-degree intentional homicide, you must
admit to killing the victim. It is up to the prosecution to take on the
burden of finding proof you have no reason or defense for doing so, however.
Call an Experienced Attorney Today
Whatever the circumstances of your case, let us help. Our skilled
Milwaukee violent crimes attorney can help you create a great
criminal defense strategy.
Attorney Christopher J. Cherella has more than 20 years of legal experience to put to your defense, and
he has handled thousands of criminal cases before. He is also a former
prosecutor, which means he understands how the opposition thinks. The
Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella also doesn’t operate on a
large-scale client basis. We only take a few clients at a time to ensure
each of the people we help gets their fair share of attention. Let us
use our knowledge, commitment, and resolution to defend your rights and
your freedom. Make sure you give yourself the best chance to avoid being
charged with a crime that could cost you time and money in addition to
Begin your case with us today. Call us at (414) 882-8382 or
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