Twin Cities Murder Lawyer, Attorney
In Minnesota, like many other states, the law distinguishes between manslaughter, which is when one person does not intentionally kill the other, and homicide, which is the intentional killing of another.
There are also three degrees in which the crime is divided and each degree has a certain set of sentencing rules that are applied to each.
Those degrees are:
- Murder in the first degree – This is the premeditated killing of another human being. This also includes the killing of another during the time in which another crime is being committed, even if it was not premeditated at that time. This also involves the death of an officer of the peace. If the death of a child is caused during an act of child abuse, this is also considered murder in the first degree. The same is true in the case of domestic abuse, regardless of the age of the victim.
- Murder in the second degree – This is the killing of another human being, but without premeditation. This is usually what you hear called a “killing of passion.” For instance, an individual may be provoked in some way, so they will kill in the “heat of passion.” Drive by shootings also fall into this category because innocent bystanders can be harmed by a rogue bullet, which falls under the category of “not premeditated.”
- Manslaughter – There are two types and they are voluntary or involuntary. However, certain circumstances separate the two.
- Voluntary Manslaughter – A person is killed unintentionally, which means there was no prior intent. Certain circumstances surrounding the killing caused the individual who committed the crime to become emotionally and mentally disturbed.
- Involuntary Manslaughter – This is a killing that is usually caused by recklessness, a low-level felony, or criminal negligence. For instance, an operator error on the job can cause the death of another person.
The penalties for both manslaughter and murder are quite severe. The most common penalties that you will see in Minnesota include life in prison with the chance of parole, life in prison without the chance of parole, violent criminal registration, counseling and treatment that is extensive, and very large fines. Minnesota banned the death penalty in 1911, so the death penalty is not an option in the state.
In addition to these penalties, you may find that your reputation may be destroyed, you’ll have difficulty finding a job in the future, neighbors may not be so pleasant when they find out about your past. In other words, life outside of prison or any other consequences you may face might be quite difficult for quite some time.
What you need if you’ve been charged with homicide is to contact an experience defense attorney. You need a defense attorney that has a track record of handling such cases.
You can call Gearin Law Office at 651-731-4900 and your case will be reviewed. The sooner we’re contacted, the better, so make that call so that you can have an adequate defense.