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There is a huge difference between murder and manslaughter. Murder can bring a long jail sentence; manslaughter could bring just probation. Depending on the circumstances and the skill of a defense attorney, a murder charge can be reduced to manslaughter.

Homicide Charges Defined

  • HOMICIDE is the killing of one human being by another, either lawfully or unlawfully. Homicide includes both Murder and Manslaughter.
  • MURDER is generally defined as the unlawful and unjustified killing of another human being with malice aforethought.
  • MANSLAUGHTER is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought. Essentially, the difference between manslaughter and murder is that manslaughter was the result of an accident.
  • VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER generally occurs when a person drives a vehicle and unintentionally but unlawfully kills another human being.
  • VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER generally occurs when a person kills another in the heat of passion, without planning beforehand.
  • INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER generally occurs when a death is an indirect result of recklessness or negligence.

Crimes involving homicide are very complex, and can expose the defendant to the most severe punishments possible in Idaho. In some murder cases, the defendant can receive life in prison, or in the very worst cases, even death. However, when a person is charged with or convicted of manslaughter, or even attempted murder, the defendant may be eligible to receive probation.

For no other crime is it more important to hire an experienced attorney. The lawyer’s knowledge of murder and manslaughter defenses, sentencing and alternative sentencing procedures is vital in receiving the minimum sentence rather than the maximum. We have handled murder/manslaughter cases before, and we know how to use the system to get you the best possible outcome.