Homicide is the killing of another human being. The definition of homicide includes intentional killings, such as murder, and non-intentional killings, such as manslaughter. Homicides, especially culpable homicides, are violent felonies and carry very severe punishments.
The two most common types of homicide:
Other types of homicide include:
The exact distinctions between the types of homicide will vary from state to state. In general though, there are two classes of homicide, murder and manslaughter, with two different degrees for each.
There are severe consequences the come from a murder conviction:
Likelihood of any of the above consequences depends on the following factors:
If you are a family member of a homicide victim and a case is currently being investigated or prosecuted, you should consider speaking with an attorney about bringing a wrongful death suit against the person who committed the homicide. While money will never bring back your loved one, it can help cover bills and expenses, and bring you a small bit of peace.
If you are or believe you may be accused of committing a homicide, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately to learn more about your rights and your defenses.
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