Being charged with murder or homicide can be stressful, confusing, and it can be a very painful experience. The accusations, the charges, and the possible penalties means you require the assistance of a professional and knowledgeable attorney to make sure you are treated fairly and to ensure that you are able to tell your side of the story.
Minnesota Murder Charges
When charged with murder, the alleged acts are placed within four categories and it is these categories that determine the penalties if convicted. They are:
- Vehicular Manslaughter – The death of another person is caused by the reckless operation of a vehicle. Operating a vehicle of any type while intoxicated falls into this category when that act causes the death of another person. The maximum penalty is a fine of over $20,000 and up to ten years in prison.
- 1st Degree Murder – This is the most severe murder charge in that the killing of another person was premeditated or intentional. If the death of a person was caused during the commission of a felony, it also qualifies as 1st degree. Death resulting from domestic violence (including minors) and the death of peace officers also fall within this category.
- 2nd Degree Murder – This is frequently referred to as manslaughter and it usually occurs without any intent during the commission of another crime or without any premeditation. Reckless behavior, such as drunk driving, can be considered 2nd degree and can have a prison sentence of up to 50 years in addition to fines.
- 3rd Degree Murder – The killing of another without intent or without the commission of another dangerous act. Drunk driving can fall under this. The maximum sentence is over $40,000 in fines and 25 years in prison.
Just as when a person is charged with murder, a homicide charge is very severe and requires the help of a competent Minnesota homicide & Murder defense attorney. A person who has been convicted of homicide may have difficulty obtaining loans, finding future employment, finding a place to live, and many miss out on a variety of life-improving opportunities. Your attorney can help ensure a much better outcome for you. This is done through heavy research and the ability to create strong strategies, such as proving self defense, temporary insanity, rage, alcohol or illegal drug use, and much more.
Contact A Minneapolis Homicide & Murder Defense Attorney
Being charged with homicide or murder is very confusing and difficult, but having a solid defense is going to result in a much better outcome for you, whether the outcome consists of reduced or dismissed charges. The Anderson Law Firm will work very hard for you to ensure you can go on with your life. Call today at 952-582-2904 to schedule a free consultation.
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