Manslaughter and Murder
The killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or culpable negligence of another, without justification, is the crime of “manslaughter.” Manslaughter is not pre-meditated. Ordinarily, manslaughter is charged as a second-degree felony, punishable by up to fifteen years imprisonment. If the death was of an elderly person, child, disabled adult, police officer, or paramedic, it may be considered aggravated manslaughter, and be charged as a first-degree felony.
The use of deadly force is sometimes legally justifiable when defending yourself from another felony. However, raising a self-defense argument is easier said than done. There might be pre-trial hearings and other complicated issues for which an attorney should be consulted.
When the killing of a human being was part of a pre-meditated design, or the result of a person committing another felony (e.g. drug trafficking, arson, sexual battery, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, escape, carjacking, home-invasion, or aggravated stalking), it can be charged as murder. The latter is usually referred to as felony murder, and in either case it can be charged under the principal theory. That means that even though you may not have been the one whose conduct directly lead to the death (i.e. pulling the trigger), if you were aiding, abetting, counseling in the commission of the crime, you may be just as culpable.
Murder is a capital felony; meaning, upon conviction, it’s possible that the death sentence can be imposed. If you or someone you care about is accused of murder, and the government is seeking the death penalty, you should contract a specialized criminal defense attorney. However, when the death penalty is waived, and life imprisonment is on the table, Redavid Law PLLC is qualified to handle the case. Call Jordan Redavid, Esq. today, (305) 938-9939 for a FREE consultation.
When loss of liberty for the rest of one’s life is at issue, hiring the right lawyer can make all the difference in the world for the accused. I believe that even when one life has already been lost, it doesn’t always mean that another one should be too.