March 22, 2013 By Paul Wallin

Voluntary manslaughter under California Penal Code 192 (a) is the unlawful killing of a human being “upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion.”

Voluntary manslaughter is a lesser charge than murder because the accused in voluntary manslaughter did not have the malicious intent to commit murder.

Typically, voluntary manslaughter will occur in emotionally stressed situations. For example, when a husband finds out that his wife is cheating on him or a heated argument turns physical.

Voluntary Manslaughter normally arises as a “possible defense” to a charge of murder. When a person is charged with murder the defense will often argue that the charge should be reduced to voluntary manslaughter. In doing so, the defense must establish the following three things:

• You were provoked
• This provocation caused you to act irrationally
• Any reasonable person would have acted the same under similar circumstances

If you have been charged with voluntary manslaughter, it is vital you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You need to be aware of your legal rights.

Wallin & Klarich has successfully represented clients accused of voluntary manslaughter for over thirty years. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the best defense possible.
Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 and speak with one of our attorneys. We will get through this together.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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