Homicide Lawyers In Mobile, Alabama
- First Degree Murder. The intentional and planned killing of another person is first-degree murder and this is the most serious homicide charge a person can face.
- Second Degree Murder. Second degree murder is often intentional killing, but it is done without planning or pre-meditation. A crime of passion might be considered second degree murder or it might be considered voluntary manslaughter. The case a homicide lawyer presents to the court can make a difference in how a jury interprets the crime. For example, if a person died during an altercation, but the intent wasn’t to kill, this might be interpreted differently than a situation where a person intended to kill another human being.
- Manslaughter occurs when someone dies due to the reckless or negligence of another person. A person who drinks and drives and gets into a car crash where another person dies could face manslaughter charges.
- Legal Homicides. Some limited cases may result in homicides that are considered legal. For example, if someone was killed because you were defending yourself or another person, this could be considered legal homicide. If you were facing the threat of rape, armed robbery, or murder to your or someone else, and used deadly force to protect yourself, you may be able to prove that you were acting in self-defense. Police may still investigate this homicide.