If you have been accused of manslaughter, you have the right to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience that we will use in your defense. Perhaps more importantly, our top criminal defense attorney is a former senior prosecutor who knows how district attorneys handle these cases. That knowledge allows us to create effective strategies ranging from negotiation to courtroom battles.

Whether in the Denver area, or anywhere in Colorado, manslaughter is committed where a person recklessly causes the death of another.

Possible Consequences for Manslaughter

Manslaughter is a class 4 felony. If convicted of manslaughter, then the person faces sentencing for a class four (4) felony of: (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to ninety (90) days, or up to a two (2) year work release sentence as a condition of probation, or (2) a sentence to the department of corrections of two (2) to six (6) years, but as much as twelve (12) years if the court finds the presence of exceptional circumstances, with a mandatory parole period of three years.

Possible Defenses for Manslaughter

In the case of manslaughter, the defense may center on the fact that the person did not recklessly kill anyone, and that the resulting death was an accident, resulting in a conviction for a lesser offense. It may also be possible to demonstrate that the killing occurred in self defense.

Homicide cases require a comprehensive defense approach that may require the assistance of other professionals in a variety of different disciplines to analyze all aspects of the case. The defense may require experts in the areas of gunshot residue (“GSR”), DNA, serology, emergency medicine, psychology, psychiatry, human reaction, firearms, toolmarks, footmarks, tiremarks, crime scene investigations, and police procedure.

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