Homicide

Homicide Charges in Orange County

Types of Homicide and Your Defenses:

Most people think of a homicide as just a murder. But, there are different levels of homicide and they are listed below:

  • First Degree Murder
  • Second Degree Murder
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Justifiable Homicide
  • Excusable Homicide

A person can be responsible for killing another person and be convicted of first degree murder, or be completely acquitted because the killing was justified (self-defense) or the killing was an accident (excusable homicide). If a person does a negligent act that results in the death of another, such as negligently discharging a firearm, the killing can be involuntary manslaughter. If the killing is the result of "heat of passion' or "provocation," such as during a fight of some kind, the killing can be voluntary manslaughter rather than murder.

The different kinds of homicide carry wide-ranging sentences. Justified or excusable homicide result in no conviction at all. Involuntary manslaughter can result in probation or up to four years in prison. Voluntary manslaughter can result in probation or up to eleven years in prison. Second degree murder can result in probation or fifteen years to life in prison. First degree murder results in twenty-five to life, life without parole or the death penalty, depending upon what are called "special circumstances."

If you or someone you love has been charged with a homicide, or is being investigated for one, only consult with a lawyer who has handled a lot of homicides. This criminal defense lawyer has tried 26 homicides to juries in his career, with unbelievable results.

Call an Orange County criminal defense lawyer for a free consultation if charged with homicide.