Oklahoma Involuntary Manslaughter Laws
Homicide has a number of different classifications in Oklahoma. The first distinction is between murder and manslaughter. Murder is differentiated from manslaughter by the intent to kill. Manslaughter is an unintended homicide without any intent to kill. Since there is no intent, all manslaughter in Oklahoma is known as involuntary manslaughter.
What are the degrees of manslaughter?
Manslaughter is further categorized by degree. First-degree manslaughter includes unintentional killing during the act of committing a misdemeanor, in the “heat of passion,” or while attempting to defend against a crime. It occurs without “malice aforethought” meaning without intent.
Second-degree manslaughter results from negligence without “a depraved mind” and without cruelty or the use of force or weapons. It is a broad category for homicides that do not meet the criteria of murder or first-degree manslaughter.
What are the punishments for manslaughter?
Both first- and second-degree manslaughter are felony offenses. First-degree manslaughter carries a minimum four-year jail sentence. Second-degree manslaughter carries a prison sentence of two to four years.
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