Manslaughter, a term laden with grave implications, refers to the unlawful act of causing another person’s death without the intent to kill. In the state of Tennessee, this crime is defined and addressed under specific legal statutes. If you find yourself facing manslaughter charges in Tennessee, it’s crucial to comprehend the law, potential penalties, and the importance of securing skilled legal representation. Attorney David L. Clarke and The Clarke Law Firm is here to help and protect your rights in difficult situations.

Manslaughter in Tennessee

In Tennessee, manslaughter is a serious criminal offense that falls under two main categories: voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

Voluntary Manslaughter: This occurs when an individual intentionally kills another person in the heat of passion, provoked by adequate and reasonable cause. While the act is intentional, the perpetrator does not harbor prior malice or intent to murder. This is a Class B felony as amended by 2023 Tenn. Acts.

Involuntary Manslaughter: In contrast, involuntary manslaughter involves unintentional killings resulting from reckless or criminally negligent conduct. This might include actions like reckless driving, handling firearms negligently, or failing to provide necessary care to a dependent.

There are five categories of involuntary homicide:

Vehicular homicide is the reckless killing of another by the operation of an automobile, airplane, or vessel subject to registration under title 69, chapter 9, part 2, or other motor vehicle. Depending on the exact circumstances of your case, you can be charged with a Class B, Class C, or Class D felony.

Aggravated vehicular homicide, which is committing vehicular homicide while having certain previous crimes on your record, or while having a blood-alcohol content of .20 percent or higher. Aggravated vehicular homicide is a Class A felony.

Reckless homicide is a reckless killing of another. Reckless homicide is a Class D felony.

Criminally negligent homicide results in death constitute criminally negligent homicide. Criminally negligent homicide is a Class E felony.

Penalties for Manslaughter Conviction

A manslaughter conviction in Tennessee can result in severe penalties, affecting your life in profound ways. The consequences of a conviction will depend on the circumstances surrounding the offense, the degree of recklessness or intent involved, and your criminal history.

The severity of felonies in Tennessee is categorized into several classes:

Class A felonies are the most severe. Conviction of a Class A felony results in a prison sentence ranging from 15 to 60 years, coupled with a maximum fine of $50,000.
Class B felonies carry penalties of eight to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Class C felonies entail imprisonment for three to 15 years and a fine not exceeding $10,000.
Class D felonies come with a sentence of two to 12 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.
Class E felonies, which lead to a one to six-year prison term and a fine of up to $3,000 upon conviction.

The Clarke Law Firm Defense Against Manslaughter Charges

Attorney David L. Clarke is a seasoned trial lawyer with a proven track record of defending individuals facing manslaughter charges in Tennessee. His expertise, dedication, and commitment to his clients make him a formidable advocate in the courtroom.

As your legal counsel, Attorney Clarke will meticulously examine the details of your case, scrutinizing the evidence and witnesses to build a robust defense strategy. Whether you’re facing charges of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, he will explore all possible angles, ensuring your rights are protected and that you receive a fair trial.

Manslaughter charges are grave and necessitate the support of a skilled attorney who understands the intricacies of Tennessee law. Attorney David L. Clarke and The Clarke Law Firm are committed to providing quality representation for your case. If you or a loved one are facing manslaughter charges, don’t hesitate. Contact The Clarke Law Firm today and take the first step towards securing your future and defending your rights. Let Attorney David L. Clarke assist you in this critical time.