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O.R.C. 2903.03 Voluntary manslaughter


Unlike aggravated murder and murder, in Ohio, voluntary manslaughter is the killing of someone under a sudden passion or fit of rage, either brought on by serious provocation by the victim that would be seen as reasonably sufficient to incite or provoke the person into using some type of deadly force. Generally in this type of crime, there is no "cooling down" period for the offender—everything occurs in a relatively quick fashion, however there are minor exceptions. An example of this crime is a spouse catching his or her adulterous spouse with another sexual partner, and the non-cheating spouse kills the other sexual partner/victim moments after witnessing the event.

A conviction of this crime is punishable by a first-degree felony.

If you have been charged with any homicide, do not hesitate to contact your local criminal defense attorneys at The Meranda Law Firm LTD where we will work in the most amicable way to resolve your case.