Many states divide the crime of manslaughter between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, but in Oregon, manslaughter laws are divided by categories based upon thing such as whether the killing was reckless or negligent or had an "aggravating" factor such as a prior history of manslaughter. The following article is a brief summary of Oregon's manslaughter laws.
Oregon Manslaughter Laws:
The following table outlines manslaughter laws in Oregon.
|Code Sections||OR. REV. STAT. §§ 163.118, 163.125, 163.145, and 163.149|
First-degree manslaughter consists of any of the following:
Second-degree manslaughter consists of any of the following:
Criminally negligent homicide: causing the death of another person with criminal negligence
Aggravated vehicular homicide: recklessly or with criminal negligence, causing the death of another person while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants and with a prior conviction of first or second degree manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide
First-degree manslaughter and aggravated vehicular homicide are Class A felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to $375,000 in fines.
Second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide are Class B felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
It is a defense to first-degree manslaughter if the death by neglect or maltreatment was of a dependent person at least 18 years of age who was under only spiritual care or treatment according to the dependent person or guardian's religion.
It is a defense to first-degree manslaughter by motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants if the person was not under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the prior assault conviction.
Oregon Involuntary Manslaughter Laws: Related Resources
If you find yourself facing a manslaughter charge and would like help, you may want to contact an Oregon criminal defense attorney . For general information on this topic, you can visit Findlaw's sections on Involuntary Manslaughter Overview, Involuntary Manslaughter Penalties and Sentencing, Voluntary Manslaughter Overview, and Voluntary Manslaughter Penalties and Sentencing.
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