Manslaughter is a legal term for the killing of a human being, in a manner considered by law as less culpable than murder. The distinction between murder and manslaughter is sometimes said to have first been made by the Ancient Athenian lawmaker Draco in the 7th century B.C..The definition of manslaughter differs from place of jurisdiction. The law generally differentiates between levels of criminal culpability based on the mens rea, or state of mind, or the circumstances under which the killing occurred (mitigating factors).
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    The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 12 readers -
  • Degrees of Felonies and the Consequences

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  • DUI Manslaughter Defense

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    Michael Dye/ Fort Lauderdale Criminal Attorney- 10 readers -
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