Facing manslaughter charges in Panama City is frightening; being convicted can be life-altering. Manslaughter, a charge that arises from the unintentional killing of another person, demands a comprehensive understanding of the law and a strategic defense. 

At The Sombathy Law Firm, we specialize in navigating the complexities of such cases and providing our clients with expert legal representation. Led by Bob Sombathy, a Board-Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, our team is committed to defending your rights and securing the best possible outcome. 

Trust us to guide you through this challenging time with professionalism and dedication. Contact us today to get started with an experienced manslaughter attorney.

Understanding Manslaughter Charges in Panama City

Under Florida law, manslaughter is defined as the killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or culpable negligence of another, without lawful justification, a second-degree felony. In addition, a person who causes the death of an elderly person, disabled adult, or officer (e.g., firefighter, first responder) through culpable negligence commits aggravated manslaughter, a felony of the first degree. 

Given the complexities of these charges, having skilled legal representation can make a difference in the outcome of your case. You need an attorney who will go the distance and protect your rights. That’s where The Sombathy Law Firm comes in. 

Although prosecutors have an unfair advantage over defendants, we have the skills and expertise to level the playing field. When you work with us, we will do everything in our power to protect your freedom. Let us fight for your rights and ensure the most favorable outcome in your case.

Consequences of a Manslaughter Conviction

The consequences of a manslaughter conviction in Florida are severe, reflecting the seriousness of causing another’s death, even without intent. Those found guilty can face:

  • Prison Time: Sentences can range significantly, with many years in prison possible, especially for voluntary manslaughter.
  • Fines: Convicts may be required to pay substantial penalties, further impacting their financial stability.
  • Probation: In some cases, individuals may face probation, involving strict compliance with specific conditions set by the court.
  • Permanent Criminal Record: A manslaughter conviction results in a permanent criminal record, which can severely limit employment opportunities, housing options, and social relationships.

Beyond these direct legal penalties, the social and emotional ramifications of a manslaughter conviction can be profound, affecting your relationships and standing in the community. At The Sombathy Law Firm, we understand these stakes and will work tirelessly to defend you, aiming to mitigate these consequences through targeted legal strategy and fierce advocacy.

How Our Firm Can Help

At The Sombathy Law Firm, our approach to defending manslaughter charges in Panama City is strategic and personalized, ensuring you receive the powerful defense you need and deserve. We unpack the specifics of each case and tailor defense strategies to the unique circumstances. Potential defenses include:

  • Arguing self-defense or defense of others, especially in cases where the actions leading to the death were in response to a perceived immediate threat.  Florida has a unique self-defense known as Stand Your Ground. Stand Your Ground provides the opportunity to have your case dismissed before trial. Bob Sombathy has extensive experience in every aspect of presenting this defense
  • Highlighting accidental death, focusing on the absence of intent to harm, which is a critical element in manslaughter cases.
  • Challenging the prosecution’s evidence, from the credibility of witnesses to the legality of evidence collection, to ensure any procedural errors are brought to light.
  • Providing you have an alibi – you were not at the scene when the alleged crime occurred.

Our legal team understands the intricacies of Florida manslaughter laws and will work to protect your rights and future. Led by Bob Sombathy, a Board-Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, we will leverage our legal knowledge and strategic prowess to defend you. We are known for navigating complex legal waters and working tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome. Trust us to be your advocates and allies in your fight for justice.

Contact An Experienced Panama City Manslaughter Attorney

If you’re facing manslaughter charges in Panama City, acting swiftly and securing the experienced legal defense you need is crucial. Contact Bob Sombathy today to schedule a comprehensive consultation.