The first type of manslaughter is called Voluntary manslaughter. The definition of Voluntary manslaughter can be found in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code at 18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2503. Voluntary manslaughter is a crime of passion. Voluntary manslughter occurs when the defendant kills by serious provocation. For instance, if you came home and caught your wife sleeping with another man and you end up killing her lover, the proper charge is voluntary manslaughter. The distinguishing feature between voluntary manslaughter and murder is that the killing was provoked and done in a sudden heat of passion. Voluntary manslaughter has a lower offense gravity score than the charge of Murder. Voluntary manslaughter is a felony of the first degree and will catapult the sentencing guidelines into range which carries incarceration.Involuntary Manslaughter
Involuntary manslaughter, found at 18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2504 of the Pennsylvania crimes code, involves an unlawful act that is performed in a reckless or grossly negligent manner that causes the death of another human being. For instance, if you were to drive your vehicle 100 miles per hour in down Gay Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania and end up killing a college student walking to class, the proper charge would be involuntary manslaughter. Involuntary manslaughter is graded as a misdemeanor of the first degree unless the victim was under 12 years of age. If the victim was under 12, then Involuntary manslaughter is a felony of the second degree.
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