Homicide refers to the killing of a human. As such, it is a very serious charge to face which can negatively affect your life in significant ways, from the loss of your freedom to other social and economic repercussions. This offense can be committed in various ways and can include specialized types of victims, from the mentally disabled to law enforcement officers.
If you have been accused of any type of homicide, it is vital that you retain the services of a proven criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. At Bernard J. Brown, Esq., LLC, our attorney brings unique and highly-respected professional qualifications to your case. Attorney Bernie Brown has conducted many criminal trials to verdict and has achieved state and federal certification to deal with death penalty cases. His understanding and professionalism in criminal defense can serve to help you with every aspect of your situation, from an initial investigation by law enforcement to arrests, formal charges, and all that is involved in the proceedings thereafter. Our firm puts experience and impressive resources on your side so that you can feel confident that your case will be handled with the utmost care and attention throughout all stages of the legal process.
Get the guidance you need in homicide allegations from our Lackawanna homicide attorney. Request a consultation with Attorney Bernie Brown by contacting our firm via email or by phone at (570) 676-1553. We serve clients throughout the counties of Lackawanna, Wayne, Wyoming, Pike, and Susquehanna.
What Is Homicide in Pennsylvania?
The various types of criminal homicide are governed under Chapter 25 of Title 18 in the Statutes of Pennsylvania.
Understanding Different Types of Violent Crimes
When it comes to violent crimes, there are various offenses that fall under this category. It is important to understand the different types of violent crimes so that you can better navigate through the legal process. At Bernard J. Brown, Attorney at Law, we have extensive experience in handling a wide range of violent crime cases. Here are some of the most common types of violent crimes:
Per the law homicide can include:
- Criminal homicide
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Involuntary manslaughter
- Causing or aiding suicide
- Drug delivery resulting in death
- Criminal homicide of law enforcement officers
As mentioned on our Murder page, murder involves the intentional taking of someone’s life and can be charged in varying felony degrees, from first to second and third.
It is crucial to have a knowledgeable and experienced attorney on your side if you are facing charges related to any of these violent crimes. Bernard J. Brown, Attorney at Law, is dedicated to providing aggressive and effective defense strategies tailored to your specific case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your legal options.
Voluntary Manslaughter Rules in PA
Voluntary manslaughter occurs when the alleged offender was under provocation and in the heat of the moment with his or her actions resulting in another’s death. This is generally charged as a first-degree felony carrying up to 20 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
Involuntary manslaughter occurs through gross recklessness or negligence. It may be charged as a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 or as a second-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Vehicular manslaughter occurs when your driving results in the death of another. This is charged as a third-degree felony carrying up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. When vehicular manslaughter occurs due to drunk and/or drugged driving, it can result in up to 10 years in prison for each person who died as well as a fine of up to $25,000 for each death.
Drug delivery homicide occurs when it can be proven that dealers or users of illegal drugs gave or sold them to someone who overdosed and died as a result. This carries a very severe penalty of up to 40 years in prison.
Finally, the killing of law enforcement officers results in special considerations and may be charged as first-degree or second-degree felonies, depending on the circumstances.
What Bernard J. Brown, Esq., LLC Can Do in Your Defense
When faced with any type of homicide, our attorney can review all police reports, witness statements, surveillance videos, and other evidence associated with your case to uncover relevant information and facts that could work in your defense. Where appropriate, he can negotiate with prosecutors to secure a reduction in charges or possibly have them dropped altogether. If convicted at trial, he may also be able to get your sentencing reduced based on important considerations.
No matter what situation you are facing when accused of homicide, your first order of business should be to get the invaluable advice and guidance available from our criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Bernie Brown has focused his entire career on these types of complex and critical cases for 15 years with proven results.
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