Some of the harshest criminal penalties in Pennsylvania are reserved for those found guilty of murder or manslaughter. If you or someone you love are facing these charges, please do not rely on a public defender. Seek help from a qualified criminal defense lawyer now.
At SMT Legal, you can count on having a knowledgeable and experienced team by your side. We will investigate your case and start working on a strong defense. If you need a homicide charges attorney, contact us today.
These Charges Must Be Taken Seriously
Murder and manslaughter are different crimes, but we need to point out that they both have serious consequences. Today, we are going to go over the different levels of homicide charges. This page is meant to serve as a summary only, so please speak with a qualified attorney about your particular case.
Involuntary manslaughter charges are applied when a person causes the death of someone else due to their negligent, reckless, or unlawful acts and is generally not meant to be intentional.
- This is a misdemeanor offense and is punishable by 2.5 to five years in prison.
Voluntary manslaughter charges are often applied to what we call “crimes of passion.” This can mean that the killing was intentional, but was done as a result of a sudden, intense passion upon being provoked by the person who was killed.
- This crime is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.
Third-degree murder charges are applied for murder charges that do not meet the threshold of the two charges listed below. A case in which third-degree murder would be applied would be when someone kills another person with a weapon, but they did not have the intention of killing them.
- This is punishable with a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years.
Second-degree murder charges are applied to anyone who is an accomplice to the person who commits a murder. You may hear this charge called the “felony-murder” rule.
- This crime is punishable by life in prison with no parole.
First-degree murder is the most serious offense in Pennsylvania and is applied when a person commits a homicide intentionally with deliberate premeditated planning.
- The penalties for being found guilty include life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
You Need To Call Now
We know that these charges can seem daunting and that you may feel like you have no options. Please understand how important it is to secure a qualified attorney if you are facing murder or manslaughter charges. At SMT Legal, we believe everyone is innocent until proven otherwise and that they should be vigorously defended in court.