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What is involuntary manslaughter?

Posted on March 28, 2015 11:48 am under Wrongful Death

DUI accidents account for hundreds of fatal road accidents in the country each year. Wrongful death caused by someone else’s recklessness is devastating for the family of the deceased, as they have to face not only the emotional pain of losing their loved one, but also the financial repercussions caused by the medical and funeral costs and the possible loss of an income source.

Individuals found guilty of killing someone while driving under the influence are usually charged with involuntary manslaughter. Unlike first or second degree homicide, involuntary manslaughter refers to unintentional, unpremeditated killing caused by negligent behavior, a misdemeanor, or a low level felony, such as DUI. Involuntary manslaughter is also different from voluntary manslaughter, where a person with no premeditated plan to kill nonetheless killed someone intentionally, usually out of ‘heat of passion.’

If your loved one or someone you know became a wrongful death victim due to someone else’s recklessness, your circumstances might qualify you to file for justice and financial compensation. Speak with a Milwaukee-based personal injury attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 to learn more about taking legal action today.