The difference between Murder and Manslaughter is intent. If the accused intended to kill the victim, they will be charged with murder. If the accused did not intend to cause the victims death, they will be charged with manslaughter. 1st degree murder is punished by life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. A conviction for 2nd degree murder will result in life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years. There is no minimum sentence for Manslaughter , but a sentence in the range of 5-10 years is typical.
At a trial, depending on the particular case, Mr. Wolson may argue that his client has acted in self defence, that he or she was provoked by the victim, or that they were so intoxicated they could not form the required intent to kill, thereby reducing the charge to Manslaughter.
Cases of this nature require a skilled and detailed analysis of all the facts in order to exploit the weaknesses in the evidence, and challenge the case against you.
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