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In Washington, manslaughter is a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years or life in prison. Even if the maximum prison term is not enforced, a defendant will face fines in the tens of thousands of dollars, a lengthy probation term, and life with a criminal record. Every single aspect of one's existence may be impacted by a conviction for manslaughter. If you have been accused of or are under investigation for manslaughter, it is important to take the necessary steps to make sure your legal rights are protected.

A criminal defense lawyer at Perez & Perez Law, PLLC can offer the experienced legal representation you need in the face of such serious criminal allegations. With our trial experience and willingness to stand and fight for our clients' liberty against all odds, we have been able to secure outstanding results in the most complex homicide cases. We are prepared to see how we can help you.

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Gaining a thorough understanding of manslaughter charges can help you get a clear picture of what you are up against. These charges apply in cases where a person has been accused of causing another's death through recklessness or criminal negligence.

Although every case will be different, the prosecuting attorney in a manslaughter case will have the burden of proving the following:

  • The defendant acted recklessly or with criminal negligence; and
  • This conduct caused or resulted in the death of another person.

Some examples of manslaughter may include:

  • Causing a fatal auto accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • Excessive speeding or racing and causing a fatal collision; or
  • Improper medical care that results in a patient's death.

It is important to remember that, in any criminal case, guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Your Bellevue manslaughter defense attorney will be working to challenge the prosecution's case from every possible angle to establish this doubt and turn the verdict in your favor – or to seek a dismissal of charges altogether.

Call our offices today at (425) 748-5005 to discuss your case. We represent clients across Washington State.

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