Homicide and Murder Lawyer in Rochester, NY
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Arguably the most severe of all criminal offenses, homicide or murder accusations immediately cast the alleged perpetrator in a negative light. If you are being accused of committing homicide, whether it is planned or caused by negligence, you need to be aware that the public eye and the criminal justice system of New York State may have already determined that you are guilty, despite whatever evidence may or may not be present. At King Law, our Rochester criminal defense attorney is fully aware of the might of the prosecution, and is fully prepared to take it on for you.
Varying Degrees of Homicide Charges
Not all homicide charges are the same. Depending on the circumstances, such as who has lost their life and why, a homicide charge can be broken down into distinct categories. Your chances in court hinge on the actual sort of homicide of which you are being accused.
If you are accused of homicide, you could be charged with:
First-degree murder: The most severe form of homicide, first-degree murder involves planning to take another’s life and then intentionally doing so.
Second-degree murder: Taking another’s life intentionally but without premeditation. This is sometimes called a “crime of passion” as it is often seen in cases where the alleged murderer was incensed or provoked to the point of losing reasoning, which may be used as a defense strategy.
Manslaughter: Generally used to describe cases in which the homicide was completely unintentional, such as vehicular manslaughter in a car accident, but was still caused by criminal actions or negligence. If the criminal actions were done voluntarily, it might be called third-degree murder.
Legal homicide: To defend yourself or another from serious bodily harm, the act of killing another and committing homicide could actually be considered legal. Known more commonly as self-defense, this may prove to be the best argument for your case.
Harsh Penalties for Homicide Convictions
If you are convicted of homicide, the legal punishments you could be facing will ultimately vary depending on the details of your case, especially the degree of murder in question. There is no lenient form of punishment, as involuntary manslaughter could still cause you to face years in state prison and thousands in fines. If you are convicted of first-degree murder, you can expect a sentence of at least 20 years in prison, up to lifetime incarceration with no chance of parole.
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