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Manslaughter is a serious crime, and a conviction can have life-altering consequences. Someone who is convicted of this crime could spend years incarcerated, pay thousands of dollars in fines, serve probation, lose their license, and much more. On this page, you will find information about how the state of Massachusetts defines manslaughter and the penalties for it. 

If you are facing manslaughter charges, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Frank D. Camera and Associates, P.C. Our Suffolk County manslaughter defense attorneys have the experience and acumen it takes to handle these high-stakes cases. With our veteran lawyers on your side, you can feel confident knowing your case is in good hands. 

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How Does Massachusetts Define Manslaughter?

Under Massachusetts law, manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another person without malice aforethought. 

There are two categories of manslaughter in Massachusetts:


This is when a person kills another after being provoked into the “heat of passion.” With this offense, the legitimacy of the provocation, the amount of force a person used to defend themselves, and the state’s mutual combat law are all key. Judges will account for these factors when determining penalties. 


This is when a person unintentionally causes another’s death by engaging in reckless or wanton behavior. Driving at excessive speeds or under the influence of alcohol or drugs are examples of this type of behavior. To this point, vehicular manslaughter often falls under the involuntary category. It is an offense that can result in thousands of dollars in fines and months to years in jail. 

What Is the Difference Between Manslaughter and Murder?

The key difference between manslaughter and murder is premeditation. Murder requires the perpetrator to have had the specific intent to kill or cause serious bodily harm, while manslaughter does not. Additionally, murder charges are generally more severe than those for manslaughter. 

The Penalties for Manslaughter

Both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter are felony offenses in Massachusetts. A conviction could result in up to 20 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. Additionally, judges often order those who are convicted to make restitution payments to the victim. 

Melanie’s Law in Massachusetts

Under Melanie’s Law, an individual who was found guilty of committing manslaughter while under the influence of drugs or alcohol must serve a minimum of 5 years in prison. 

Turn to the Law Office of Frank D. Camera and Associates, P.C. for Your Defense

If have been charged with manslaughter, you might feel overwhelmed and intimidated by what lies ahead. Do not hesitate to turn to the Law Office of Frank D. Camera and Associates, P.C. Our manslaughter defense attorneys in Suffolk County work directly with clients to ensure they understand the legal processes and advocate tirelessly for their rights and freedoms. Our office has an impressive track record and comprehensive knowledge of various defense strategies. When you hire us, we will aim to combat your charges and have them reduced or dropped altogether. In the event your case goes to trial, our attorneys are not afraid to fight for you in court.

Schedule a consultation today by calling (877) 444-1098 or reaching out to us online.

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