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If you have been accused or arrested for manslaughter in Illinois, it is imperative to get legal representation from a qualified criminal defense lawyer. At the Law Office of Steven H. Fine, our lead attorney has been helping those charged with violent crimes obtain favorable outcomes for over 20 years. He has the comprehensive understanding of state and federal laws to help you determine all of your available legal options and protect your rights, reputation, and freedom.

Manslaughter Penalties

There are two types of manslaughter charges in Illinois, voluntary and involuntary:

  • Voluntary manslaughter - is the killing of a person in which the offender had no prior intent to kill and acted during “the heat of passion.” In Illinois, it often only applies to the killing of an unborn child. This type of manslaughter charge is considered a Class 1 felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence between four and 15 years and a fine of up to $25,000.
  • Involuntary manslaughter - is defined as the unintentional killing derived from recklessness and criminal negligence, or from an unlawful act that is considered a misdemeanor or a low-level felony (e.g. DUI). This type of manslaughter charge is a Class 3 felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence between two and five years, as well as a fine of $25,000.

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Our Chicago criminal defense attorney can investigate your arrest and collect critical evidence necessary to develop an aggressive and customized defense strategy for you. Our attorney is fully aware of how the prosecution will approach your case, giving you a huge advantage in the courtroom. Do not risk fighting for your freedom without an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney.

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