Crimes involving the death of another person carry the most severe sanctions available under Minnesota’s criminal code. Conviction can lead to a long-term prison sentence. You can rely on our experienced criminal defense attorneys to fight for you if you’ve been charged with one of the offenses outlined below.
Criminal Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular homicide charges can be leveled against anyone involved in a car accident that led to a death. There does not need to be any intent to hurt, or kill, someone. Rather, the charges take into account any negligence or recklessness that may have led to the death. No matter what you were doing when you were driving, if you cause an accident that leads to death, you will likely face very serious charges.
Not all homicide cases are treated the same. Depending on the circumstances, you may face first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree homicide charges. The main factors behind the level of charges involve: (1) the intent of the individual; and (2) whether any other crimes occurred at the same time as the act leading to death of another.
Manslaughter is the crime of taking another person’s life, either intentionally or unintentionally. Although it is a less serious charge than murder, it still comes with very harsh penalties that can ruin your life. In the state of Minnesota, there are two classifications of manslaughter charges you can face: voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter.
Murder is the act of taking another person’s life. It doesn’t always have to be an intentional act. Regardless of the circumstances behind the crime of murder, the defendant will be charged with a felony, and potentially face life in prison. In the state of Minnesota, there are three different levels of murder charges: first degree, second degree, and third degree