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When a person is first accused of homicide (the killing of a person), it’s usually referred to as an open count of murder.
The prosecution will later attempt to charge the accused with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. The defense lawyers at McGraw & Strickland, LLC, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, have in-depth understanding of the intricacies of the specific charges. Arrange a consultation now by calling 575-523-4321.
The Classifications Of Murder Charges
There are two basic classifications of murder: first-degree/felony murder and second-degree.
First-degree murder is the killing of one human being by another without lawful justification or excuse by any of the means with which death may be caused:
- By any kind of willful, deliberate and premeditated killing
- In the commission of or attempt to commit any felony
- By any act greatly dangerous to the lives of others, indicating a depraved mind regardless of human life
Second-degree murder is when a person kills another human being without lawful justification or excuse and, if in performing the acts which cause the death, they know that such acts create a strong probability of death or great bodily harm to that individual or another. A homicide is not second-degree murder if the accused is acting upon sufficient provocation, upon a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion.
The Classifications Of Manslaughter Charges
Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice.
Voluntary manslaughter is manslaughter committed upon a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion.
Involuntary manslaughter is manslaughter committed in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to felony, or in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death in an unlawful manner or without due caution and circumspection.
Without question, murder and manslaughter are one of the most serious things with which a person can be charged. A person charged with any of these crimes needs to contact an attorney for assistance right away. McGraw & Strickland, LLC, can be reached at 575-523-4321.