Involuntary Manslaughter NJSA 2C:11-5
Involuntary manslaughter involves criminal negligence and lacks the “intent” to kill someone. A more relevant example is the most recent case of Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor who was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson. The State in that case was able to prove that the doctor’s actions were reckless or irresponsible and led to the death of Michael Jackson.
Involuntary manslaughter also applies when a person commits a crime (“unlawful act”) that is not a felony crime, or in “the commission of a lawful act involving a risk of injury or death that is done in an unlawful, reckless, or grossly negligent manner.” For instance a person could rob a home and as they are leaving someone comes up the stairs and the intruder knocks them down the stairs to their death.
Though involuntary manslaughter is not a premeditated act like murder, it can land you in jail for a very long time. If you or someone you know is being charged with taking someone’s life, they need an attorney immediately. Call us today for your consultation.