Homicide is one of the most serious charges you can face. Unfortunately, society often treats homicide defendants as guilty before the case even begins. When you are accused of homicide, you may find yourself without many people ready to help. If you are up against homicide charges in Minnesota, you need the best defense attorneys on your side.
Understanding Homicide Charges
Homicide is the unlawful killing of another person. Often referred to as murder, this crime is always charged as a felony, and the punishments are among the harshest of any crime. If you are convicted of homicide, you may spend the rest of your life in prison.
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.
Murder in the first-degree is the most serious charge and typically applies when the killing is a premeditated act. The prosecution will attempt to show that the defendant fully intended to kill someone and had it planned out ahead of time. In some any first-degree murder cases, other crimes, such as rape or robbery, are present. A conviction for first-degree homicide can lead to life in prison.
A second-degree murder charge occurs when a defendant intends to kill someone, but it is not a premeditated act. In many cases, second-degree murder is a crime of passion – or a spur-of-the-moment act. For example, it could occur during a fight, or argument. The punishment for second-degree homicide is up to 40 years in prison.
Murder in the third-degree is the least serious homicide charge, but it still carries very serious penalties, and long-lasting effects. Typically, third-degree murder charges result when an individual acts without regard for another human life. For example, providing drugs to a person who overdoses can lead to third-degree homicide charges. A conviction will result in a prison sentence up to 25 years.
Homicide Defense Lawyer
As soon as you are arrested for suspicion of homicide, you need to contact a defense lawyer. Even the slightest hesitation can hurt your chances of an acquittal or reduced charges. Your homicide defense lawyer will immediately work to gather the necessary evidence to prove your innocence or to prevent you from being charged with the wrong crime.
In some homicide cases, your defense lawyer may help you get a lesser charge. This will mean less time in prison, so you can get back to your life sooner. Your lawyer will always work with your best interests in mind, which means you can expect to get the outcome most favorable for you based on the circumstances of the case.
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If you are facing homicide charges, you need a top lawyer on your side. At the Brown Law Offices, P.A., we have the experience, and knowledge, to fight for you. Our attorneys never judge you – regardless of the charge you face. Don’t let a homicide conviction destroy your life. Call us today at 763-323-6555, or complete our free online consultation form.