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San Diego Criminal Lawyer

San Diego Criminal Lawyer | Homicide Attorney

Homicide: Murder & Manslaughter

Defending against homicide charges explained by a San Diego criminal defense attorney.​

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San Diego Homicide Crimes

Explained by a San Diego Criminal Lawyer


A homicide is the unlawful killing of another person. There are multiple types of homicide, which can lead to confusion as to why some people are prosecuted with a charge of first or second degree murder, while others are charged with manslaughter.  The degrees of murder, and the distinction between murder and manslaughter apply to the particular circumstances surrounding the unlawful death of the victim.  A San Diego criminal lawyer can best explain the distinctions between the different types of homicide, but you can also read more about the law of homicide below. If you have any questions, contact a San Diego criminal lawyer today. 

First Degree Murder


First degree murder is the intentional killing of another person with premeditation. Premeditation means that a person plans the killing of the victim.  There is no set time-limit on how long a person must plan their killing to be charged with first-degree murder.  Often, if the killing involved a gun, the defendant is charged with first-degree murder because one can form "premeditation" in the short amount of time it takes to aim a gun and pull the trigger.  For more information on first-degree murder, including definitions, examples of first degree murder, and defenses to a charge of first degree murder, CLICK HERE. 


Second Degree Murder


Second degree murder is a murder that is not premeditated or planned, but also not committed in the "heart of passion" (vountary manslaughter). Second degree murder can also be defined as a killing resulting from a person's dangerous conduct with disregard for human life.  For more information on second degree murder, including legal definitions, examples of, and defenses to a charge of second-degree murder, CLICK HERE. 

Voluntary Manslaughter


Voluntary Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another person while in the "heat of passion."  A classic example of voluntary manslaughter is a husband returns home to find his wife in bed with another man, and in a violent rage, kills them both.  For more information on voluntary manslaughter, including legal definitions, examples of, and defenses to a charge of voluntary manslaughter, CLICK HERE. 


Involuntary Manslaughter


Involuntary Manslaughter is also called "criminally negligent homicide." It involves the unintentional killing of another person, usually as the result of an inherently dangerous activity or low level felony, such as a DUI.  For more information on involuntary manslaughter, including legal definitions, examples of, and defenses to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, CLICK HERE.