Homicide Defense by
Davis, Davis & Davis Attorneys, in Radford, VA
Effective Defense for Homicide Charges in Southwest VA
Homicide charges are serious felonies in every state, so it takes an experienced homicide attorney to see you through the various categories and types:
- Murder/Felony Murder
- First Degree Murder
- Second Degree Murder
- Voluntary Manslaughter
- Involuntary Manslaughter
- Criminal Homicide
- Justifiable Homicide
With first-degree murder being the most serious charge, this includes situations where the accused person planned the killing and intended for the victim to die. Second-degree murder is described as those cases where the intent to kill still exists, but the act cannot be proved. Many “crimes of passion” or “heat of passion” deaths may fall under second-degree murder statutes.
Charged with Murder or Manslaughter
How can you tell the difference between murder and manslaughter? The charge of manslaughter is often levied when an accused person did not plan the crime, nor did he or she intend for the victim to die. “Involuntary Manslaughter” charges usually arise due to accidental circumstances, although the charge can be applied widely based on the event.
Justifiable Homicide or Insanity Defense
Justifiable homicide is usually applied to those instances where a person kills another individual in self-defense, or similar circumstances. In many justifiable cases, the term is more of a definition or classification, where an individual dies and no crime is committed. No criminal charges are filed.
In death situations where one person kills another under extreme duress or other extenuating circumstances related to the person’s mental state, there is a defense option related to ‘insanity.’ There are certain psychological tests and determinations to be obtained in these types of cases, so having an experienced attorney to stand with you and fight for your rights is definitely needed.
Consult with Davis, Davis & Davis for the most effective representation in Southwest VA.