Minneapolis Manslaughter and Homicide Lawyer
Manslaughter and murder are two very serious accusations that should not be taken lightly. If you have been arrested or accused for manslaughter, murder or homicide, then you are being accused of killing another human being. If you are convicted of a homicidal crime, then you could be facing 25 years to life in prison. It is important to seek legal counsel as soon as you are accused or arrested involving any homicide investigation.
Murder and Manslaughter
Manslaughter is defined as the killing of another person in a state of mind that is not as severe as murder. A manslaughter conviction may happen in a ‘heat of passion’ killing rather than an intentional homicide.
Murder, on the other hand, is the intentional and premeditated killing of another person. Although both murder and manslaughter are serious felony offenses, a murder conviction is often a lot more severe than a manslaughter charge.
First degree murder is the most serious conviction you can receive and comes with 25 years to life in prison. In some instances you may be facing another criminal conviction on top of the murder charge. For example, if you have been accused of killing someone during a sexual assault, you may also be facing a criminal sexual conduct charge. If you have been accused of killing someone during a during a terrorism felony offense, while committing child abuse or a domestic assault, during a burglary, robbery, kidnapping or first or second degree arson, during a drive by shooting or in an attempt to commit any of the mentioned crimes, then you could be facing first degree murder charges.
You could be facing second degree murder if the murder is with intent but not premeditated and outside the manner of the first degree murder boundaries. Second degree murder comes with up to 40 years in prison. Third degree murder occurs if you kill someone without premeditation and without intent but by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others. Third degree murder comes with up to 25 years in prison.
Manslaughter can be broken into a number of different categories and terms. It is important to understand what you are actually being accused of:
- Voluntary manslaughter – this accusation suggests that you have intentionally killed or caused serious injury to someone but the killing is not in the traditional sense of the word ‘murder.’ For example, if you have killed during a ‘heat of passion’ if you have witnessed a serious crime going on, then you could be facing voluntary manslaughter.
- Involuntary manslaughter – this accusation suggests that you have accidently killed someone. You had no intent to kill or cause serious injury but a death has resulted from your reckless behavior.
- Criminal Vehicular Homicide – this accusation suggests that you have killed someone on the road, usually due to reckless behavior behind the wheel including speeding, driving an unsafe vehicle, drinking while driving or driving while texting.
If you or someone you love is involved in any homicidal investigation, it is important that you speak to a qualified criminal defense attorney right away. With the right legal counsel, you could walk away with a not-guilty or reduced sentence.
Minneapolis Criminal Lawyer
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