Criminal Defense

Homicides


If you or a loved one is facing a homicide charge, the stakes are high, and you need an experienced homicide lawyer. For example, First-Degree Murder has a mandatory-minimum sentence of life or death. Police and prosecutors are not on your side in any case, let alone when they are investigating or prosecuting a homicide case. Therefore, having an attorney experienced in homicides is necessary for the best outcome.

It is important that you have an experienced homicide attorney on your side in these circumstances. You need someone who is tough, and who will be able to go up against any homicide prosecutor.

In Pennsylvania, Criminal Homicide defines a person as guilty if he or she “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or negligently causes the death of another human being.” 18 Pa.C.S. § 2501. Criminal Homicide is classified as either murder, voluntary manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter.

 

Types of Murders

Although Murder is just one class of Criminal Homicide, it also has three different classifications, which are as follows, with possible sentences:

 

Murder of the First Degree

(Intentional Murder with Malice)

Possible Sentence Upon Conviction: Mandatory Minimum of Life in Prison or Death

 

Murder of the Second Degree

(Felony Murder: Committed During the Perpetration of Certain Felonies)

Possible Sentence Upon Conviction: Mandatory Minimum of Life in Prison

 

Murder of the Third Degree

(Unintentional with Malice)

Possible Sentence Upon Conviction: Up to 40 Years in Prison

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