Homicide is the killing of one human being by another human being.
Although the term homicide is sometimes used interchangeably with murder, homicide is broader in scope than murder. Murder is a form of criminal homicide; other forms of homicide might not constitute criminal acts. These homicides are regarded as justified or excusable. For example, individuals may, in a necessary act of Self-Defense, kill a person who threatens them with death or serious injury, or they may be commanded or authorized by law to kill a person who is a member of an enemy force or who has committed a serious crime. Typically, the circumstances surrounding a killing determine whether it is criminal. The intent of the killer usually determines whether a criminal homicide is classified as murder or Manslaughter and at what degree.
The laws regarding criminal homicide are complex and often unique to the jurisdiction where the crime took place.
In order to convict a defendant of murder, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the acts in question under a specific mental state. Individuals who have been charged with murder should speak with a professional defense attorney about their legal rights and options. If you or a love one is charged with a criminal homicide, protect your legal rights.
A person who is convicted of a crime in general faces societal stigmas and potentially irreparable damage to his or her reputation. It is almost always unwise to represent yourself. Retain the services of a seasoned and experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Office of Tom R. Medrano for your free consultation.