Homicide Law

Homicide law is an umbrella term used to describe a number of offenses that can be charged when the defendant has wrongfully caused the death of another human being. The specific homicide offense charged in a given case will depend upon the defendant’s mental state and subjective intentions at the time the crime was committed. Some homicides occur unintentionally, as the result of extremely reckless behavior. Others are committed following a period of deliberation and forethought by the defendant.

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  • Going to Trial or Accepting a Plea Bargain in a Vehicular Manslaughter Case
      by HG.org

    When a person drives drunk and causes an accident that results in death, he or she may be charged with vehicular manslaughter. The major decision that a defendant to this type of case must make is whether to accept a plea bargain or proceed to trial. How he or she proceeds with such a case depends on a number of factors, including the following:

  • Step-By-Step Guide to Defending DUI Vehicular Manslaughter Cases
      by HG.org

    Vehicular manslaughter cases can result in the defendant being sentenced to years behind bars. An effective defensive legal strategy may be able to help reduce charges, have them dismissed or result in acquittal for the defendant. Ways to establish this strategy include:

  • Defenses to DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases
      by HG.org

    Vehicular homicide is a serious criminal offense that is charged when a car accident results in the loss of someone’s life. Some extenuating circumstance is usually present to raise the defendant’s culpability from ordinary negligence, such as violating a traffic law, falling asleep at the wheel or drinking and driving.

  • Consequences of Committing Vehicular Manslaughter While Impaired
      by HG.org

    Vehicular manslaughter charges may follow when someone drinks and drives and causes an accident due to his or her impaired state. When a person has only two drinks, he or she may have a blood alcohol content over the legal limit of 0.08. Venturing out after partaking in these drinks can often result in catastrophe.

  • Why a DUI Fatality Should Result in a First Degree Murder Charge
      by HG.org

    Although advocacy groups like MADD have made great strides in educating the public about the dangers of drinking and driving, the act continues to be a problem throughout the nation. When a person intentionally drinks and then decides to drive, public outrage may demand justice for the loss of human life.

  • Vehicular Homicide Cases and DUI Defenses
      by HG.org

    It is imperative to defend a client no matter which state or law is involved. A defense strategy should be implemented as soon as possible when the accused is charged with vehicular homicide. Evidence is needed, and witnesses need to be questioned. All details of the death should be recorded and analyzed by a professional.

  • Escalating and Deescalating Murder Charges

    On June 5, 2011, there was a case of a transgendered female who was out for a night on the town when she and some of friends were harassed by a group of young men. It started out with harsh words and eventually descended into violence. When she walked away, she was assaulted by one of the men, and she took a pair of scissors from her purse. She stabbed the assaulter, leading to his death.

  • What Does “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” Mean in Criminal Proceedings?
      by HG.org

    The fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine prevents the prosecution from admitting certain evidence into a criminal case after it has been tainted by a primary illegality. This doctrine is meant to remove illegally-acquired evidence from negatively impacting a criminal defendant.

  • Accidental Shooting in New Jersey Involving Police Officer

    A 23 year old Pine Beach police officer has been suspended without pay, arrested for drunk driving, and could face criminal charges for a shooting incident that occurred shortly before 6:00 am on Friday, January 16, 2015 in Lacey Township, NJ. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the shooting and has indicated that the shooting may have been accidental.

  • Which Is Cheaper, Execution or Life in Prison Without Parole?
      by HG.org

    It is an age old question that many of us have debated at one point or another: should executions be legal? Are they an effective deterrent and means of punishment, or is it an expensive and anachronistic practice from a less civilized time? Regardless of where you come down on the debate, one key factor that always seems to come up is cost. So, which is cheaper: execution or life in prison without parole?


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