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 defendantís 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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  • Compensation for a Wrongful Conviction

    Man Freed after 23 Years in Prison for a Crime He Didn't Commit -- and Gets $0. More than two decades ago, a Kansas man named Lamonte McIntyre was arrested, charged and wrongfully convicted of a 1994 double homicide -- a crime he did not commit. However, after the state of Kansas stole 23 years of his life, he was freed just last week following his exoneration.

  • Defending Murder Charges in Philadelphia

    Defending murder charges in Philadelphia requires experience and an extensive understanding of the strategies which can make the difference when your life potentially hangs in the balance. All homicide-related charges in Philadelphia carry severe consequences.

  • Consequences of Facing Murder Charges
      by HG.org

    When facing the accusation of murder or homicide charges,defendants confront some of the most severe consequences, including the death penalty or life behind bars.

  • Aggravated Vehicular Homicide
      by HG.org

    Many deaths occur on the road or in traffic due to numerous factors. In many instances of death, the fault is due to a driver either through intentional acts, negligence, accidents or similar situations. Some of these accidents result in the death of someone by reckless or dangerous driving. Some crimes are classified as manslaughter, homicide or murder.

  • When Is It Self-Defense and When Is It Manslaughter?
      by HG.org

    Manslaughter, self-defense and murder are often closely tied together. It can be difficult to determine when self defense changes things so that a person is not criminally culpable for manslaughter or murder. Being aware of principles related to self defense can help make important distinctions.

  • Criminal Defense for Vehicular Manslaughter Charges
      by HG.org

    One of the most egregious criminal charges a person may face involving a vehicle is the traffic violation of vehicular manslaughter. This crime is usually in conjunction with other traffic criminal acts such as reckless driving, driving under the influence or other similar acts.

  • Common Defenses in Criminal Cases
      by HG.org

    When a person is facing serious criminal charges, he or she needs to develop a strong defense. A criminal defense lawyer can advise a defendant of his or her rights so that the defendant does not do anything to self-incriminate. Additionally, a criminal defense lawyer can discuss the process of a criminal case, the prosecutorís role and the potential defenses that may apply.

  • Self Defense Laws
      by HG.org

    Many individuals believe that they have the legal right to protect themselves. However, there are times when self-defense laws do not apply. If a person uses self-defense in an instance when this defense does not apply, the person executing self-defense may face criminal charges of his or her own.

  • 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:


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