Accidental shooting in FL

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a friend of mine was charged several months after the fact with attempted manslaughter after he accidentally shot someone. How can they charge him with manslaughter if the person survived? and even the victim told police that it was an accident. This is in the state of Florida.

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The charge was “attempted manslaughter”, therefore, the crime was not completed. If the person had died, the charge would be “Manslaughter” not “Attempted Manslaughter.” By charging this, the government believes that this was not an accident. The government’s position is that your friend committed a criminal act.

This is most likely not the case especially if the victim told the police it was an accident. Sometimes the government proceeds with cases even where the victim’s statement supports the defendant.

The best thing to do would be to hire a competent and experienced criminal defense attorney to handle the case. These charges are very serious.