Murder and homicide charges are some of the most heinous crimes that a person can commit. If you are convicted of either crime, you should seek legal action as soon as possible to help your case. Although this is not a task you can personally do on your own, this conviction can determine the rest of your life. However, you can take control by contacting a New York homicide or murder attorney immediately.
You should consult a murder lawyer if you are convicted of any type of homicide charge. These charges include first degree, second degree, manslaughter, attempted murder, and vehicular manslaughter. Although each of these charges are different in some aspects, they all require legal help to get you through the conviction.
First Degree Murder
In New York, first degree murder is defined as the unlawful choice to take another person’s life with malicious intent. This means that when committing first degree murder, the attacker is being willful and deliberate, making it among the strongest charges in the justice system. Due to this, there are very few things worse than committing first degree murder.
This type of murder charge can be charged against a person if they caused death to another living person using a destructive or tortuous device. In addition to this, there also includes weapons of mass destruction and armor breaching bullets.
Second Degree Murder
Second degree murder is only a little less severe than first degree murder, but it’s still just as serious. This type of crime is defined as a human killing another without being provoked. Other charges under the category of second degree murder include homicide and DUI murder.
Manslaughter conviction comes in three main categories: involuntary, voluntary, and vehicular. It is defined as a person killing another without malice and is often caused by negligent death or homicides. However, it’s so important to discuss with your lawyer your manslaughter conviction due to the variety of categories, which all have different sentencing and penalties.
There are three main types of vehicular manslaughter, which includes aggravated, first degree, and second degree. In each of these categories, a crime is committed with the use of a car. Even if the crime is committed by accident, the consequences can be very severe.
Attempted murder is defined as trying to or murdering another person on purpose. This includes any variety of failed murder attempt that a person may try to plan or do. Even if the other person wasn’t killed, you could be looking at heavy fines and a large prison sentence.
The penalty of each murder charge in Nassau County will depend on the severity of the crime. These crimes are divided into different classes, which determine the length of the jail time and seriousness of the punishment. Let’s review the felony class of each crime, starting from most severe to least.
Class A Felony: This classification is used for only the most serious of crimes. This includes first degree murder, second degree murder, and aggravated murder. Since New York state removed the death penalty, life imprisonment is the typical punishment for this class of crime.
Class B Felony: Class B crimes includes first degree manslaughter, first degree aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated vehicular manslaughter. Though these crimes are very serious, they are not quite as severe as Class A felonies. If the defendant is convicted of one of these crimes, they could spend up to 25 years in prison.
Class C Felony: Aggravated second degree manslaughter, second degree manslaughter, first degree vehicular manslaughter, and aggravated criminally negligent homicide are all considered Class C felonies. These crimes are punishable with prison time of up to 15 years.
Class D Felony: In New York state, Class D felonies are punishable by up to seven years of jail time. Second degree vehicular manslaughter is a Class D felony.
As always, it is best to consult a Nassau County lawyer to determine the best defense for a murder felony charge. There are, however, some common defenses that can apply to different situations. Self-defense can often be used as an argument to receive a lesser sentence in a criminal court.
Also, if the defendant is living with a mental disorder, this could also be used as a defense. In order for this defense to be successful, the defendant must be able to prove that they do not have the capacity to know what they did was wrong or to understand the consequences of their actions. A qualified lawyer can help you to navigate through the legal system, argue your case, and help you get a reduced sentence.
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