Type of Crime:
Homicide is defined as the killing of a human being by another. Murder and manslaughter are types of homicide. If a person kills with a legally valid excuse or justification, the killing is lawful and no crime has been committed. However, if there is no legally valid excuse or justification, the killing is unlawful and, depending upon the circumstances, the person may be charged with murder or manslaughter. There are two types of murder: murder in the first degree and second degree murder. First degree murder is defined as the intentional killing of a human being with deliberation and premeditation. In addition, a killing that results during the commission of a felony, even if unintended, is automatically first degree murder. Second degree murder is the intentional killing of a human being that is not premeditated or planned. Like the crime of murder, there are also different types of manslaughter. The most common types of manslaughter are voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, and vehicular manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter is defined as the intentional killing of a human being with adequate provocation or as an intentional killing committed in the "heat of passion". Involuntary manslaughter is defined as the unintentional killing of a human being. Additionally, killing someone during the commission of a misdemeanor is automatically involuntary manslaughter. To be found guilty of vehicular manslaughter it must be proven that while driving a vehicle the driver committed an unlawful act not amounting to a felony which caused the death of another person. For example, a death that results from driving under the influence, while unintentional is considered vehicular manslaughter. If charged with homicide, an individual will likely face a felony charge. As one may expect, if an individual is charged with any form of homicide, severe penalties including a state prison sentence, harsh fines, probation, and a “strike” on your criminal record for life, may result. Thus, regardless of the particular crime, it is imperative that if you have been charged with homicide you immediately retain the services of a committed, knowledgeable, and experience criminal defense attorney. Kenner & Greenfield have effectively represented individuals who have been charged with homicide and will do everything in their power to keep you out of jail and obtain the most successful outcome possible. Kenner & Greenfield know what it takes to devise and present an effective defense strategy and have a proven track record. If you or a loved one has been charged with the crime of homicide, contact Kenner & Greenfield today!