MINNEAPOLIS CRIMINAL & VETERANS DEFENSE
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Minneapolis Homicide Attorneys

Defending the Criminally-Accused Throughout Minnesota

Homicide is the killing of one human being by another. It includes murder, manslaughter, and criminal vehicular homicide. These are the most serious crimes a person can be charged with, so it’s essential to have an experienced, skilled attorney to represent you. The skilled criminal defense attorneys at Brockton D. Hunter, P.A have a wealth of experience representing clients facing homicide charges.

What is 1st Degree Murder?

First Degree Murder is:

  • When a person causes the death of another with premeditation and with intent to effect the death of another;
  • When a person causes the death of another while committing or attempting to commit criminal sexual conduct in the first or second degree with force or violence;
  • When a person intentionally causes the death of another while committing or attempting to commit burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, arson in the first or second degree, drive-by shooting, etc.;
  • When a person causes the death of a minor while committing child abuse; or
  • When a person causes the death of another while committing, conspiring to commit, or attempting to commit a felony crime to further terrorism.

A conviction of first degree murder results in a sentence of life imprisonment.

What is 2nd Degree Murder?

Minnesota lists several circumstances under which a person can be charged with second degree murder. It is divided into two crimes in Minnesota – intentional murder and unintentional murder.

A person is guilty of intentional murder when he causes the death of another with the intent to cause the death of that person, or another, but without premeditation, OR causes the death of another while committing or attempting to commit a drive-by shooting.

A person is guilty of unintentional murder when he causes the death of another, without intent to cause the death of any person, while attempting to commit or committing a felony (other than 1st and 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct, or a drive by shooting) OR causes the death of a human being without intent while intentionally inflicting or attempting to inflict harm upon the victim. The perpetrator must be restrained under a restraining order, and the victim must be the person the restraining order intended to protect.

Murder in the second degree may be punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

What is 3rd Degree Murder?

There are two circumstances under which a person can be charged with third degree murder:

  • Without intent to cause the death of any person, one who causes the death of another by committing an act that is eminently dangerous to others is guilty of third degree murder. The perpetrator must also have a depraved mind without regard for human life.
  • A person who proximately causes the death of another by directly, indirectly, unlawfully selling, giving away, bartering, delivering, exchanging, distributing or administering controlled substances classified in Schedule I or II is guilty of third degree murder.

Murder in the third degree may be punishable by up to 25 years in prison. We regularly handle serious charges and complex cases, and have a track record of prevailing even in difficult offenses.

To learn more about how our experienced Minneapolis criminal defense lawyers can fight for you, contact us.

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