Homicide is generally defined as the killing of a human being. In Washington State, homicide is defined as the unlawful killing another human being. The killing occurs in along side unjustified, justified, or excusable homicide.
In Washington, homicide by abuse occurs when someone has repeatedly abused a victim to the point that it resulted in the victim’s death. The abuse rises to the level of an extreme indifference to human life. An individual can be charged with homicide by abuse when the victim is:
The state considers a dependent adult who:
No. A murder charge is the result of a murder is a homicide done with malice. A homicide by abuse charge is the result of an individual showing an extreme indifference to human life and a pattern of abusing the victim. In this case, malice is not required to charge a person with homicide by abuse.
It means the defendant is accused of engaged in a repeated pattern of torture or assault on a person who is a child, individual with a disability, or a dependent adult.
Yes. Homicide by abuse is a class A felony. If convicted, a defendant can receive up to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000.
Yes. This type of homicide charge is extremely serious and has the possibility of life in prison. Contact a criminal lawyer about what you can do to resolve the charge in your favor.
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