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Homicide involves the taking of another’s life through harmful action. It is generally broken down into two general categories based on various aspects of the case, such as intent, the type of victim killed, and other circumstances. These translate into murder charges in varying degrees as well as charges of manslaughter. Because of the violence involved and the loss of life, these are the most serious criminal charges you can face. Ensuring you have a dedicated and competent attorney in your corner as soon as possible is imperative if you wish to have a strong defense.

In cases involving homicide in Anoka or Minneapolis, you can turn to a Marine veteran who understands the nature and importance of defense. Our Anoka homicide lawyer at Midwest Defense focuses the majority of his practice on defending clients of criminal charges, including both violent and non-violent. Our firm knows how important investigation and case preparation can be when it comes to fighting serious criminal allegations. We will vigorously defend your legal rights from initial investigation by law enforcement through all phases of your case. Our firm can exhaustively investigate every aspect of your arrest and charges in search of flaws and inconsistencies that can put the prosecutor’s case in doubt. Our commitment is to help you reach the best possible result.

Accused of homicide? Get a free, confidential case evaluation by contacting us at (651) 808-0335 to ensure your rights are protected and that you have a strong defense.

Homicide Charges in Minnesota

Under Minnesota law, murder is charged at three different levels of degree. These are:

  • First-degree murder which is the most serious and involves aggravating factors. This type of murder may be founded on the type of person killed, such as spouse, a child, a police officer, or other person. It may also be charged based on the accused’s conduct, such as planning or preparing to kill in advance or killing someone while committing another crime like rape, robbery, kidnapping, etc. However, it involves the intent to kill. It carries a prison term of up to life in prison.
  • Second-degree murder may be based on intentionally killing the victim but without premeditation, such as in the heat of the moment. It can also consist of killing another in a drive-by shooting, killing another while committing some other crime or killing another without intent while causing great bodily harm where the alleged victim has been under the protection of a restraining order. This degree of murder can lead to up to 40 years in prison.
  • Third-degree murder is one in which intent was involved but where the person has acted in a depraved manner without any regard for human life. It can also be charged where the victim was killed by illegal drugs but without any intent to do so on the part of the defendant. This level of murder carries up to 25 years in prison. If it was caused by a dangerous drug such as heroin, cocaine, or other Schedule I or II controlled substance, it can also result in a fine of up to $40,000.

Minnesota Manslaughter Charges

Manslaughter may be either voluntary or involuntary. A voluntary manslaughter generally falls under the idea of a crime of passion committed while in a state of intense emotion. It can also result from causing the death of another without intent through giving that person an illegal drug (Schedule III, IV, or V). Voluntary manslaughter is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000.

Involuntary manslaughter generally falls under the category of negligence. An example would be killing another through negligence in a car accident. It carries up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Midwest Defense Can Help You

Any type of homicide charge can have life-changing consequences. Not only will be these immediate if you are convicted but they will be long-term as a convicted felon with a criminal record that can weigh heavily against you in society. A dedicated criminal defense lawyer can review all the circumstances surrounding the incident and arrest to assess the defenses that may work best in your case. At all times, we will ensure your legal rights are zealously protected, that you receive fair treatment, and will work for the best possible result.

Get the help you need by contacting us online or at (651) 808-0335 today.

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