Homicide Defense in NYC

Homicide is a blanket term meaning the killing of one human being by another. While this may sound like murder, it is not identical in definition. Murder, in fact, is a subtype of homicide. Whereas murder means acts of killing, either premeditated and spontaneous, homicide in its wider scope takes into accounts instances of killing that are justified (such as self-defense) or accidental. In this way, homicide functions as a broader term, and therefore, is comprised of many different charges.

When affixed to homicide, the word “accidental” plays a large part in distinguishing out-and-out murder from a similar yet lesser charge: manslaughter. Manslaughter itself is broken down into two components: voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Involuntary manslaughter occurs without what’s called “malice aforethought.” This means that the accused did not premeditate the death of the victim. Though the defendant may stand accused of the death of another human being, they may claim the death was completely accidental. Someone who drinks and drives and strikes a pedestrian may be guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter, which is the term used for homicides wherein the accused party did have “malice aforethought,” is an allegation more akin to murder. What separates this charge from murder, generally, is a mitigating circumstance. If the defendant was provoked, and this provocation can be proven, a murder charge may be dropped to manslaughter.

If ones negligent actions resulted in the death of an unborn child of a pregnancy over 24 weeks, that too may constitute a homicide.

Not all of these mitigating factors are set in stone, however, because in the hands of an adept attorney, all charges may possibly be lessened in your favor.

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At Kaplan Lawyers PC we know the difference between homicide and murder. And more importantly, we know how to parse the differences and use our expertise to help you in court. Lesser attorneys won’t be able to incisively examine your case and proficiently construct you a sound defense. We know that everyone deserves a just trial, where they are represented competently by a skilled team of lawyers who believe in them and their cause. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we offer all of that and more. If you stand accused of homicide of any type, contact us today. Our consultations are a free and easy way to learn about the extent of your rights and the services available to you.