Generally speaking, there are three primary kinds of homicide charges:
- Common Law Murder
- Voluntary Manslaughter
- Involuntary Manslaughter
Murder is the unlawful killing of another with malice aforethought, that is, with the intent to kill, intent to commit great bodily injury, with reckless indifference, or with intent to commit a felony.
Voluntary Manslaughter is murder committed as a result of some adequate provocation (e.g., committed in the heat of passion).
Involuntary Manslaughter may occur in non-intentional deaths caused by criminally negligent conduct or caused during the commission of an unlawful act not covered by the felony murder rule.
These definitions carry special legal meaning. Defenses will be available depending on the facts. You need a skilled attorney to analyze the facts and law of your case. Shaffer Cormell has over 28 years experience. He will provide the proper factual and legal analysis and representation in Court that you need.
If the State has charged you with a Homicide you should immediately exercise your Fifth Amendment Miranda Rights and Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel by remaining silent, cease all communication with the police, and call the