Maryland Homicide Defense Lawyer
Homicide is a serious crime. Being convicted as a felon may result in lengthy imprisonment, costly fines, as well as difficulty finding housing and employment after you are released. It’s crucial to have a qualified Maryland criminal defense lawyer by your side if you are facing homicide-related charges. At DRA e-Law, we can help you better understand the charges brought against you, evaluate your options and come up with a strategy to build your defense.
Types of Homicide-Related Charges
Homicide is a general term for killing another human being. Depending on the specific circumstances of a homicide, it can result in various charges. What charge you are being brought in for makes a big difference, because penalties vary. Since 2013, Maryland no longer has a death penalty that used to be a punishment for first-degree murder.
First-degree Murder & Attempted First-degree Murder
First-degree murder is a premeditated, willful or deliberate killing. It can be a murder committed as a result of poisoning, kidnapping, sexual assault, carjacking and similar serious crimes.
Second-degree Murder & Attempted Second-Degree Murder
Second-degree murder is typically still intentional (although it can include unintentional crimes), but is not premeditated. For example, assaulting someone in a sudden fit of rage and killing the person as a result may be considered a second-degree murder.
Manslaughter is a murder that is committed without a malicious intent. Involuntary manslaughter, for example, happens when a person’s reckless or dangerous behavior causes death of another person, such as in a drunk-driving accident. Killing someone in self-defense while there was no reasonable threat, on the other hand, is often categorized as voluntary manslaughter in Maryland.
There are often gray areas between different charges. For example, second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter can be similar, and attempted second-degree murder is very close to an aggravated assault. This is why a reputable Baltimore homicide attorney can be of great help in guiding you through every step of your legal battle.
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