TN Voluntary Manslaughter Lawyers

Voluntary manslaughter is an extremely serious offense in the state of Tennessee. If you have been accused of voluntary manslaughter, you need an extremely knowledgeable and skilled criminal defense attorney on your side to fight for your rights and give you the best possible result in your Tennessee homicide case. The homicide defense attorneys at Baker Associates have an excellent track record of success in defending those who have been charged with homicide offenses.

In the state of Tennessee, criminal homicide falls under seven categories: first degree murder, second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, criminally negligent homicide, assisted suicide and vehicular homicide. But, what is voluntary manslaughter? Referred to often as a "crime of passion," T.C.A. § 39-13-211 defines voluntary manslaughter as the knowing or intentional killing of another person in a "state of passion" or heat of the moment, produced by adequate provocation sufficient to lead a reasonable person to act in an irrational manner. Some notable crimes of passion include a husband who kills his wife's lover, a retaliation killing by a wife against an abusive husband immediately after he strikes her, and killing someone during the course of a heated argument or fight. Note, however, that the time between the provocative act and the act of killing the other is crucial in differentiating between a premeditated murder and a crime of passion. The longer the time period between the two acts, the more the homicide looks like premeditated murder.

To sum up, to be found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the state of Tennessee, the prosecution must prove each of these elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

Voluntary manslaughter is a lesser offense than first and second degree murder because, to be found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, no element of premeditation or deliberation must be alleged. In the law—as well as in society—to plan to kill someone well in advance of the homicide is considered a greater wrong than if the killing was provoked in the heat of the moment. Although, voluntary manslaughter is perceived as a "lesser offense," the penalties for a conviction can be enormous. Punishment for voluntary manslaughter, which is considered a Class C felony, includes 3 to 15 years in prison and monetary penalties of up to $10,000.

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In any homicide case, the burden of proving that you committed the killing is on the prosecution. If you or a family member has been accused of voluntary manslaughter in the state of Tennessee, please contact the experienced Knoxville criminal homicide defense attorneys at Baker Associates for a free and comprehensive consultation. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys have the resources and connections to nationally renowned experts and seasoned investigators to help you build a winning defense. Please call us today to find out how we can help you.

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Knox County
2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Sevier County
121 Court Avenue
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Washington County
300 East Main Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

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