Homicide means conduct which causes the death of a person under circumstances constituting murder, manslaughter in the first degree, manslaughter in the second degree, or criminally negligent homicide.
Murder can involve an intent to kill or other specific circumstances as defined by New York law. Murder charges are extremely serious and a conviction carries devastating, lifelong consequences including potential life imprisonment and lifetime post release (parole) supervision. Being convicted of murder charges can obviously result in your life being put on hold for decades. If you are facing homicide charges for murder or manslaughter, retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney can increase the likelihood that your charges are successfully defended against, reduced or dismissed.
The degree of homicide charges filed in a particular case depends upon various facts and circumstances specific to your case. While each case is different and requires an intensive factual review, certain factors are most relevant in determining the degree of the charge including:
Murder (Homicide) Charges are always felonies and carry extremely serious penalties. If you are facing murder charges, it is essential that you seek experienced legal representation and advice. There are several types of homicide charges in New York. These include:
When the prosecutor cannot show intent or one of the elements required for murder charges, he or she may decide to bring charges for manslaughter. While also a type of homicide, manslaughter is a lesser version of the offense because it lacks intent or other elements showing a depraved nature. Many deaths caused by car, truck or SUV are charged as vehicular manslaughter.
Those who unintentionally kill a person with a vehicle while drunk or under the influence of drugs can be charged with aggravated vehicular homicide or first or second-degree vehicular manslaughter. Regardless of whether you are facing murder or manslaughter charges, an experienced criminal defense attorney can protect you.
Let’s get your future back on track and see what we need to do to get things started. Remember that Mr. Victor Knapp has been in private practice as a criminal defense lawyer since 1981, and has offices directly across the street from the Criminal Courthouse in Kew Gardens, New York. He has successfully represented thousands of persons, including high profile targets, accused or suspected of committing drug offenses throughout his legal career during the investigatory, arraignment, conference, Grand Jury, Pre-trial suppression, trial and post-conviction stages. He practices throughout the New York areas and he is available 24/7 for emergencies as well as for all state cases on Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester / upstate New York and for federal cases nationwide.
You need an experienced lawyer to handle the complexities of a Murder / Homicide case. Attorney Victor Knapp is here to serve you. With offices conveniently located in Kew Gardens, the practice is uniquely situated to serve clients in Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, and the five-borough area. To arrange for a private case evaluation, call (718) 263-9000 at any time or day or night. You can also contact us online.