We frequently hear the terms “murder” and “homicide”
used interchangeably, particularly on television. As a result, very few
people understand the difference between the two, which could be vitally
important if you ever find yourself facing charges of one of these violent crimes.
The simplest possible definition for the crime of “homicide”
is simply “taking the life of another person.” This can come
in any form, including pre-meditated and brutal killings, accidental deaths
as a result of recklessness, or even self-defense killings. The latter
of which demonstrates the primary difference between homicide and murder:
homicides can be justifiable.
If you kill someone in a genuine act of self-defense, then no crime has
been committed. Because the act must be recorded, it will go into the
public record as a “justifiable homicide,” but you will face
no criminal charges nor have any marks on your history from it. However,
because self-defense actions must be proven and are rarely straight-forward,
it is still strongly advised that you seek dedicated counsel from a Noblesville
criminal defense attorney before facing this in court.
To put it simply, murder is known as “criminal homicide.” In
other words, taking the life of someone else in a way that cannot be justified
as reasonable is considered murder, and carries extremely heavy penalties,
including the possibility of the death penalty.
In the state of Indiana, there are three different degrees of criminal
- Murder: taking someone’s life with pre-meditated, malicious forethought
- Voluntary Manslaughter: taking someone’s life without pre-meditated
intent, but with an intentional action, including heat-of-passion actions.
- Involuntary Manslaughter: taking someone’s life as a result of a
non-felony criminal act or a legal act done with criminal levels of negligence
Depending on your exact circumstances, your charges and associated penalties
could vary. A skilled criminal defense attorney from
The Criminal Defense Team may be able to help you. Our team has assisted numerous individuals with
serious crime charges, including ten murder cases. Trust your case to
a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist and get top-rated legal counsel
on your side.
Contact The Criminal Defense Team today by dialing 888-988-5659 for a
free case evaluation.