Defending clients against PA criminal homicide charges
Being arrested for murder or criminal homicide is devastating. The state defines criminal homicide as the intentional, knowing, reckless, or negligent cause of another person’s death. Under this term follows a list of crimes, including murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, the causation or aid of suicide, drug delivery resulting in death, and the criminal homicide of a police officer. These offenses are some of the most egregious crimes seen in court and come with some of the harshest penalties known in the state. It is imperative that a person retain the services of an effective criminal defense attorney to help fight these charges and free them from a future in jail, a life burdened by a felony criminal record, and sometimes much worse. For effective and strong criminal defense, contact The Conner Law Group.
Pennsylvania Murder Charges
Being convicted of murder can destroy one’s life. Murder charges are broken into 3 categories.
- Murder in the first degree: Criminal homicide when a person intentionally kills another
- Murder in the second degree: Criminal homicide committed in the commission of a felony
- Murder in the third degree: All other murder charges
A murder in the first-degree conviction comes with the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison. A conviction of murder in the second degree may subject a person to life in prison. For murder in the 3rd degree, a convicted person could be subject to a felony in the first degree and subject a convicted person to an overwhelming amount of jail time, up to 40 years. It is very important that a person facing a murder charge have the right representation to fight these devastating charges.
Pennsylvania voluntary manslaughter
Voluntary manslaughter is a very serious legal matter. According to the state code, A person who kills another without legal justification under a sudden and intense passion or kills a third party out of negligence after a sudden and intense passion could be charged with this crime. This can also be applicable to people who believe they have a reasonable justification to kill and really do not. Accordingly, voluntary manslaughter is a first-degree felony and comes with the possibility of 40 years in jail.
Pennsylvania involuntary manslaughter
Involuntary manslaughter is a crime in which a person’s commission of an unlawful act or gross and reckless negligence leads to the death of another. An involuntary manslaughter conviction can subject a person to a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the victim is under 12 and in the care of the perpetrator, the charge is upgraded to a felony of the second degree. If you are charged with this offense, you could face 5-7 years in jail.
Pennsylvania causing or aiding suicide
There are two scenarios that constitute “causing or aiding a suicide.” For one, a person that causes another to kill themselves through duress, deception, or force can be subject to a felony of the second degree. If a person is caught aiding or otherwise soliciting a person to commit suicide, they could face the same felony of the second degree and the possibility of a decade in prison.
Pennsylvania drug delivery resulting in death
If a person delivers, administers, sells, distributes, or unlawfully prescribes a drug that results in death, the convicted could face up to 40 years in prison, a felony of the first degree.
Pennsylvania criminal homicide of a law enforcement officer
The murder of a police officer is a grave crime. Murder charges against a law enforcement officer in the first and second degree mirror the same consequences as murder charges, either life in prison or the death penalty. For the manslaughter of a law enforcement officer in the first degree, a person can be subject to a felony in the first degree. A manslaughter of a police officer in the second degree could subject a person to a felony of the second degree. Both of which come with serious jail time.
Contact an effective Pennsylvania criminal homicide defense attorney
If someone you know is charged with any crime constituting criminal homicide, including murder or manslaughter, it is critical that they retain an effective and experience criminal defense attorney immediately. Their life is on the line and The Conner Law Group is ready to fight. For a consultation with a forthright and passionate Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney, contact The Conner Law Group.