Murder / Manslaughter

Murder or manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another person. There are some differences between murder and manslaughter charges. 


  • Premeditated
  • Intentional


  • Accidental
  • Unintentional

Taking another’s life is the most serious crime that can be committed. Because of the seriousness of the crime, the punishment is equally as serious. If found guilty of murder, you may face a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty.

  • First Degree Murder – Willful, deliberate, and premeditated murder, also called felony murder. Felony murder also includes murder while committing or attempting to commit another felony.
  • First Degree Murder – Special Circumstances – The highest level of murder in California. It includes murder of a police officer, a child under 6 years old, and murder for hire.
  • Second Degree Murder – Murder that occurs with intention and malice but without premeditation and deliberation.

Manslaughter is the killing of another person without malice or premeditation. There are two main types of manslaughter.

  • Voluntary Manslaughter – Killing another person in response to legally adequate provocation.
  • Involuntary Manslaughter – Unintentionally killing someone due to recklessness or negligence. It also applies to a death that occurs accidentally during the commission of a misdemeanor crime.

All types of murder and manslaughter crimes have serious punishments. The sentence depends on the type of crime committed. If convicted, some of the penalties include:

  • Prison sentence 25 years to Life
  • Death
  • Life in prison without parole

If you are charged with the crime of murder or manslaughter it is essential to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will usually advise you not to speak to law enforcement until he is present. The attorney will work aggressively to defend you against all charges. There are various defenses that may be used in murder cases. The attorney will work through all aspects of the case to ensure that your rights are defended.