Killing Another Human – Criminal Homicide

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It is illegal to take the life of another, despite the prevailing circumstances it is called homicide. Homicides are all killings of humans which violate criminal laws including murder and manslaughter. The most serious criminal homicide is the first degree murder. This means that the killing was intentional and planned, the killer had enough time to form a conscious intent to kill. If someone planned on killing one victim, but accidentally killed someone else, the murder is still regarded as intentional. A first degree murder can also include “malice aforethought“, that means causing great bodily harm before killing a person.

knifeManslaughter means taking the life of a human without having a malicious intent or planning it. It is also called a reckless killing or a killing done in the heat of the moment. A manslaughter can be involuntary when the death occurs during a commission of a non-felony (i.e. reckless driving). Voluntary manslaughter includes killing in the heat of passion or while committing a felony.

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Defining Illegal Behavior: Felonies Vs. Misdemeanors Vs. Infractions

The common criminal law abolished by most states is defining illegal behavior depending on the severity of the crime. A criminal offense may be a felony, misdemeanor or an infraction.¬† Let’s try to explain each type of the offense and make difference between them.

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Felonies are considered to be the most serious class of offense throughout the United States because they typically violate the moral standards of the community. Felonies are usually punishable by fines, imprisonment in a state prison lasting more that one year or both. Felonies include:

  • terrorism
  • murder
  • arson
  • kidnapping
  • rape
  • treason and others.

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