Murder is the killing of one human being by another.
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Homicide is a general term; it includes murder, manslaughter, and other criminal homicides as well as non-criminal killings. Murder is the crime of intentionally and unjustifiably killing another. First-degree murder is a homicide committed with premeditation or in the course of a serious felony (e.g., kidnapping). Second- and third-degree murder involve lesser degrees of intent. Manslaughter is commonly divided into voluntary (or first-degree) and involuntary (or second- and third-degree) manslaughter. The first type encompasses any homicide resulting from an intentional act done without malice or premeditation and while in the heat of passion or on sudden provocation; the second type is variously defined in different jurisdictions but often includes an element of unlawful recklessness or negligence. Non-criminal homicides include killings committed in defense of oneself or another and deaths resulting from accidents caused by persons engaged in lawful acts.
If you or someone you know is being accused of murder, you or that person may be potentially facing:
- Life in prison without the possibility of parole
- Life in prison with the possibility of parole
- The death penalty
- Other sentences and/or fines
The outcome of your case will depend not only on the legal ability of your attorney but also on external factors such us your criminal record (prior convictions), current criminal status (parole or probation), and the jury feelings and thoughts towards these types of crimes among many others.
An important factor (used by criminal defense lawyers) in murder related cases is self-defense. In criminal law, an affirmative defense (e.g., to a murder charge) alleging that the defendant used serious force necessarily for self-protection.
The claim of self-defense must normally rely on a reasonable belief that the other party intended to inflict great bodily harm or death and that avoidance by retreating was impossible.
On the other hand, important factors such as insufficient evidence or claiming insanity might be part of an effective criminal defense strategy.
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