Homicide is the killing of a human being. Homicide can be done for a justified reason. For example, if a person killed some in an act of self-defense then it would be justified. But an unjustified homicide is considered murder. In Utah, a person can be charged with murder under a variety of circumstances.
What is Murder?
Murder is homicide done with malice. Malice varies from intent to kill, intent to cause serious injury or a disregard for human life.
How Does Utah Define Murder?
Utah defines murder in four different circumstances:
- A person intentionally causes a person’s death
- An accidental death of a person, which is the result of intending to cause serious physical injury to the victim
- An individual causes the death of another person while trying to attempt or commit another crime such as kidnapping, burglary, or arson
- A death that occurs because of a person’s actions and their actions showed either indifference or disregard for human life
What is Considered Murder in Utah?
Well, that state uses the term “murder” to include the following types of criminal homicide:
- Child abuse homicide
- Negligent homicide
- Aggravated murder
- Vehicular homicide
Is Murder a Second Degree Felony in Utah?
No, murder isn’t a second degree felony in the state, but a first degree felony. It’s also classed to include capital felony. A murder conviction has three criminal sentencing options:
- A mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison
- Life in prison without parole
- Death penalty
Do I Need an Attorney for a Murder Charge?
Yes, it’s in your best interest to seek legal representation for a murder charge. A criminal lawyer in Utah will help build a defense and try to get the charge reduce or dropped.