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What are the Laws for Manslaughter in South Dakota and what are the Punishments for them?

According to the law in South Dakota, homicide is the unlawful killing of a human being [which includes an unborn child] by another human being. Homicide in South Dakota can be of various types – excusable homicide, murder, vehicular homicide, manslaughter.

Involuntary Manslaughter in South Dakota

Involuntary manslaughter is manslaughter in the second degree in South Dakota. The state criminalizes unintentional murder and killings from reckless behavior.

Both murder and manslaughter are unlawful, but the state of mind for both is different. Generally, murder has a malicious desire or objective. But, manslaughter has no such pre-mediation. Criminals who commit manslaughter are less culpable than those committing murder. Therefore, the motivation between the two crimes is the main differentiating factor.

South Dakota Manslaughter Law

South Dakota differentiates between the crime according to the level of homicide- excusable, culpable, justifiable, murder and vehicular. The manslaughter crime is further divided into voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Voluntary is a first-degree crime, which is more serious. The second degree of crime is involuntary and less serious.

According to the South Dakota Code section Manslaughter in the second degree includes the reckless killing of a human being [which includes an unborn child]. This action or crime does not lead to murder. Manslaughter in the first degree, justifiable homicide or an excusable homicide is highly prohibited in South Dakota.

Second-degree manslaughter is not a very serious crime and is a first-degree one. That is the reason that the second-degree crime is punished more severely.

Involuntary manslaughter is different than vehicular homicide in the sense that one is based on intentional harm and the other is based on negligence.

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Involuntary Manslaughter vs. Vehicular Homicide in South Dakota

A vehicular homicide happens when a person, who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs operates or drives a vehicle in an irresponsible manner and this leads to the accidental death of another person. The main difference between vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter are negligence and recklessness.

Involuntary manslaughter in South Dakota

Such manslaughter is based on recklessness. This is an act where a person has preconceived notions or idea about causing harm or killing the person.  Vehicular homicide is different. It is based on a negligent act. Here, the criminal violates the duty and this violation causes harm to the victim.

Degrees of Manslaughter in South Dakota

According to the South Dakota Code section Manslaughter in the second degree includes the reckless killing of a human being [which includes an unborn child]. This action or crime does not lead to murder. Manslaughter in the first degree, justifiable homicide or an excusable homicide is highly prohibited in South Dakota. Second-degree manslaughter is not a very serious crime and is a first-degree one.

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Punishment for a second-degree crime in South Dakota

Manslaughter in the second degree in a Class 4 felony, which is punishable by up to maximum 10 years in prison and a fine of maximum $20,000.

Manslaughter in the first degree is a Class C felony that is punishable by life imprisonment and a fine of $ 50,000. Thus, this is very serious.

Both murder and manslaughter are unlawful, but the state of mind for both is different. Generally, murder has a malicious desire or objective. But, manslaughter has no such pre-mediation. Criminals who commit manslaughter are less culpable than those committing murder. Therefore, the motivation between the two crimes is the main differentiating factor.

This sums up voluntary and involuntary manslaughter in South Dakota. If you have been convicted under manslaughter laws in South Dakota, you need to consult an attorney.


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