Representing Individuals Accused of Homicide

Charged with Murder or Manslaughter?

Homicide is one of the most serious crimes a person can be accused of committing. If convicted, individuals can be penalized with hefty prison sentences. In some states, the death penalty can be issued as a sentence. If you are facing homicide charges, seek the immediate assistance of Imhoff & Associates, PC. We will take a look at all the evidence being used against you and launch an exhaustive investigation into your case.

Homicide Can be Charged as:

  • Manslaughter - Manslaughter refers to the act of taking a person's life without malice aforethought. It can be charged as voluntary manslaughter if it was intentional, but not planned out, or involuntary manslaughter if it was the result of being recklessly negligent.
  • Murder - Murder refers to the act of taking a person's life with malice aforethought.

What Are the Penalties for Involuntary Manslaughter?

Possible Penalties for Involuntary Manslaughter:

  • Up to 4 years incarcerated.
  • A fine of up to $10,000.
  • Paying money to the victim's family.

Possible Penalties for Voluntary Manslaughter:

  • 3-11 years incarcerated.
  • Paying money to the victim's family.

Possible Penalties for Murder:

  • 25 years to life, life without parole, or even the death penalty.
  • Paying money to the victim's family.

Do You Go to Jail if You Kill in Self Defense?

Self-defense killings are not charged as crimes. If you are forced to kill another person in self-defense, you can avoid criminal charges as long as your actions were justified. The defendant must prove that they were in imminent danger to avoid being charged with manslaughter. In some states, the defendant must prove that they attempted to flee before being forced to kill the aggressor. Stand-your-ground laws allow people to kill others who unlawfully trespass with malicious intent. Whether or not the aggressor was engaged in criminal activity when the killing took place can also affect the outcome of your case. Self-defense can be misinterpreted as manslaughter depending on the situation.

What's 2nd-Degree Manslaughter?

2nd-Degree manslaughter is when someone “creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another” is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree.

What's 3rd-Degree Manslaughter?

3rd-Degree Manslaughter is when the cause of death of a person “by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life, is guilty of murder in the third degree.”

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