Defenses to Involuntary Manslaughter California
Penal Code 192(b)
Just because you have been arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter California PC 192(b) does not mean that you will be convicted. However, in order to secure your freedom, it is crucial for you to hire an involuntary manslaughter attorney to build the strongest defense possible in your case.
Depending on the specific facts of your case, there are a variety of legal defenses that your lawyer can present if you have been charged with involuntary manslaughter California Penal Code 192(b). Below are some of the most common defenses available for involuntary manslaughter charges.
Self Defense and Defense of Others
If you were acting in self-defense or in defense of another when the killing occurred you may have a defense to involuntary manslaughter California PC 192 (b). California self-defense laws permit the killing of another if you reasonably believed that ending the individual’s life was necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to you or to another person. In order for this defense to work, your involuntary manslaughter lawyer must be able to prove that you believed that immediate harm was necessary to avoid danger, you acted reasonably under the circumstances and that you did not use more force than was necessary to defend yourself or to defend another.
This defense is many times used in cases where you are charged with murder because you were acting in self-defense or defense of another and accidentally killed another person. In such a situation, a self-defense claim can be used to reduce the greater charge, for example a murder charge, to involuntary manslaughter. For more information on murder charges and possible defenses to murder charges visit our murder content page.
The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich can also assist you to present imperfect self-defense as a defense to charges of involuntary manslaughter. Imperfect self-defense is similar to self-defense, except that imperfect self-defense is used if your belief that you needed to use force to prevent immediate danger was not reasonable under the circumstances. Imperfect self-defense will not relieve you of the criminal charges, but it may reduce your sentence.
Accidental Involuntary Manslaughter California PC 26
You cannot be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter if you killed another person by accident without acting negligent or recklessly, and you were:
- Acting lawfully, and
- Had no intention to do harm to another person.
If your involuntary manslaughter California lawyer can prove that there was not sufficient evidence to prove that you caused the victim’s death or whether you acted negligently, then you will not be convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
We Can Help
If you, or someone you know, is under investigation or has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, do not hesitate to call the involuntary manslaughter lawyers at Wallin & Klarich. Wallin & Klarich has over 30 years of experience successfully defending clients charged with involuntary manslaughter and is dedicated to building a solid defense that fully protects your legal rights. The firm is committed to mitigating the damage that involuntary manslaughter charges have on your life and securing the best possible result for your specific case. We have offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville.
If you need to speak with an involuntary manslaughter lawyer regarding your involuntary manslaughter charges, call Wallin & Klarich at 1-877-4NO-JAIL (1-877-466-5245). You will be placed in immediate contact with an attorney who will address your needs and questions.