What Is Culpable Homicide?

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What Is Homicide?

Homicide is the killing of a human being. Declaring a death a homicide is the first step in determining whether the death was self-inflicted or committed by another. In some jurisdictions, culpable homicide is a form of criminal homicide.

What Is Culpable Homicide?

Culpable homicide can either indicate whether or not the killing of a human being involved malice aforethought on the part of the defendant. Malice aforethought exists when an individual acts with:

The culpable homicide could be done with the intent to commit the action that lead to the death, but this intent may not meet the legal definition of murder. If it does count as culpable homicide but does not qualify as murder, the homicide may be deemed to be manslaughter.

What Is Manslaughter?

Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being that occurs because of mitigating circumstances. The homicide is not considered murder because the death was not done with the required level of intent, and there was no premeditation. The two types of manslaughter are:

Should I Contact an Attorney If I Am Charged with  Homicide?

All homicide charges can result in serious consequences. If you are charged with any homicide crime, it is essential that you talk to a criminal attorney about the best course of legal action to take.

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Last Modified: 11-16-2016 06:09 PM PST

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