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The Legal Difference between Murder & Homicide

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The Legal Differences between Murder and Homicide

The terms murder and homicide are frequently interchanged; however, there is a difference between the two.  Homicide is the killing of one person by another.  Murder is a form of criminal homicide, where the perpetrator intended to kill the other person, sometimes with premeditation (a plan to kill).  Manslaughter is another type of criminal homicide.

Homicides are criminal, excusable, or justifiable.   A criminal homicide is unjustifiable, with consequences being severe.  An excusable or justifiable homicide is one without criminal intent to kill someone.  Examples of excusable or justifiable homicide would be someone killing someone else as a means of self defense, or defending another person, or law enforcement who kills someone in the line of duty.

Murders are classified in different degrees depending on the gravity of the crime and the intent of the perpetrator.  The classifications of murder are first degree, second degree, and third degree or manslaughter.  Some states do not use the classification of third degree murder.

In first degree murder, there is premeditation and cruelty with afterthought.  In California, a killing that may not have been intentional but happened because of a crime such as rape, robbery, arson, or kidnapping may be considered first degree murder.  A murder with the use of a deadly weapon such as a gun will increase the jail term for the perpetrator.

Second degree murder is similar; however, it shows no premeditation.  Manslaughter or third degree murder is an act to harm someone that results in death.
 
If you or a loved one is accused of committing a murder or homicide, you can achieve the best outcome for your case if you consult with murder attorneys in San Jose that handle these types of violent cases. 

A strong murder defense and investigative tactics can only help your case.  Likewise, if you or a family member was falsely accused of murder or homicide, there is a lot at stake.  Find a law firm who has a proven track record for successfully defending accused murderers.

Please call our office as soon as possible to arrange a free consultation, an experienced criminal law firm in San Jose, Valencia, Ippolito & Bowman.

Valencia, Ippolito & Bowman
991 W. Hedding, Suite 202
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-920-9720

Valencia, Ippolito & Bowman - Homicide Attorneys in San Jose

The Legal Differences between Murder and Homicide
The terms murder and homicide are frequently interchanged; however, there is a difference between the two.  Homicide is the killing of one person by another.  Murder is a form of criminal homicide, where the perpetrator intended…

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