Felony murder, non-criminal homicide, vehicular homicide, manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter are the most common types of homicide charges.

Definition of Homicide

Homicide involves the intentional murder of another human being. There are three different kinds of homicide that are dependent on their intention and premeditation including first degree, second degree, and manslaughter.

Homicide in the First Degree- is murder that is premeditated, pre-planned and intentional

Homicide in the Second Degree- is an intentional murder but not pre-planned

Voluntary Manslaughter- is an unplanned murder that occurs when the offender is under physical or emotional duress leading to the event

Involuntary Manslaughter- can be charged for offenders lacking the intent to cause death but participating in negligent actions that lead to death

General Levels and Consequences of Homicide Charges

  • First degree homicide- premeditated and planned murder, conspiracy to commit a murder or by seeking another to commit murder on your behalf
    • Convictions of first degree homicide can involve the death penalty
  • Second degree homicide is charged when the actual murder is committed during the act of a felony and makes no difference of whether or not the intention was murder
  • Manslaughter is a murder that occurs where there was no prior premeditation or intent to commit murder

Special Cases for Homicide:

Manslaughter- can have an element of self-defense and in some cases the offender can walk away free of any charges depending on the circumstances surrounding the murder.

Vehicular Homicide-when a driver is involved in a car accident that results in the death of another person, vehicular homicide charges can be pursued

    • Homicide by vehicle is a felony charge and can result in:
      • Extensive prison time
      • Loss of driver’s license
      • Large fines

Murder of Law Enforcement Officers- is considered a special type of murder in Pennsylvania and the intentional killing of law enforcement can be punishable by death or life in prison

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