Any case of violent crime will turn on a complex set of facts: What was the relationship between the parties? Could the death have been an accident? Was the alleged offender acting in self-defense? Was it an OUI manslaughter or vehicular manslaughter case with related defenses? Was the alleged offender defending their premises? In any case, it is critical to work with a team of experienced attorneys and investigators who can identify the fact pattern and secure the rights of the defendant.
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At Hallett, Zerillo & Whipple, P.A., our attorneys have worked on hundreds of violent crimes case, including cases of homicide or manslaughter, domestic violence and assault and battery. Any conviction will result in a harsh penalty in the state of Maine. Whether you are under investigation, have already been charged or are facing a trial, it is never too early or too late to get a criminal defense attorney involved in your case.
What is the Difference Between Murder and Manslaughter?
Many times the words homicide, manslaughter and murder can become confused. It is important to know the difference between these criminal accusations because the charges and penalties are very different.
- Manslaughter: A killing that is reckless or with criminal negligence, but not intentional
- Homicide: A death results from reasons that may be completely innocent
- Murder: Intentionally or knowingly causing the death of another human being or engaging in conduct that manifests a depraved indifference to the value of human life and causing death
Experience and Results in Manslaughter Defense
Tim Zerillo and Hallett, Zerillo & Whipple, P.A., have represented manslaughter defendants. Tim Zerillo represented a manslaughter defendant in York County for a drunk-driving automobile accident involving a 19-year-old who died in an auto accident and who was the son of a law enforcement officer.
Tim Zerillo's client admitted at the scene of the accident that he had smoked marijuana, and his alcohol content by blood test was .15. Through intensive pre-trial preparation and retention of experts, Attorney Zerillo was able to negotiate a 12-month sentence for his client in what could have been a disastrous case.
Manslaughter may involve a domestic dispute that resulted in a death. Manslaughter may involve a drunk-driving accident that caused the death of another passenger. Whether you are charged with manslaughter or murder depends on the facts of your case and the prosecution's interpretation of those facts. Our Portland manslaughter attorneys have handled cases involving:
- Vehicular or OUI manslaughter
- Shaken baby cases
- Domestic violence death cases
- Drug overdose cases
Defense Arguments in Manslaughter and Homicide Cases
We will explore every available avenue of defense. Our Portland manslaughter attorneys will contact private investigators as soon as possible. We will interview witnesses, review police reports and medical documentation and use experts to reconstruct the accident scene. Using our records and evidence we will identify other causes of death to prevent charges against our clients.
Our Portland manslaughter attorneys will also use argument to reduce or minimize charges against you. A plea bargain could reduce a jail sentence or use a probationary sentence so that you can move on with your life after an accident.
For more information about our services, please call 207-775-4255 to speak directly with a Portland, Maine, homicide lawyer, or contact us by e-mail to submit your question or case.
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