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CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON


Homicide

MURDER

  • FIRST DEGREE
    • First degree murder is:
      • the intentional
      • premeditated
      • malicious killing of another.
    • First degree murder punishable by twenty years to life in prison and/or a $100,000 fine.

VIRGINIA CODE: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter4/section18.2-32/

  • SECOND DEGREE
    • Second degree murder is:
      • The intentional
      • Malicious killing of another.
    • Second degree murder does not require premeditation.
    • Second degree murder is punishable by five to forty years in prison.

VIRGINIA CODE: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter4/section18.2-32/

MANSLAUGHTER

  • VOLUNTARY
    • Manslaughter is defined as:
      • The unlawful killing of another
      • Without premeditation or malice.
    • Voluntary manslaughter is punishable by up to ten years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.

VIRGINIA CODE: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter4/section18.2-35/

  • INVOLUNTARY
    • Involuntary manslaughter is defined as:
      • The accidental killing of another
      • While engaged in an unlawful, but not felonious, act, or
      • In the improper performance of a lawful act
      • “Criminal negligence is the basis for involuntary manslaughter and has been defined as acting consciously in disregard of another person’s rights or acting with reckless indifference to the consequences.”  Gray v. Commonwealth, 2000 Va. App. LEXIS 548 (2000).
    •  Involuntary manslaughter is punishable by up to ten years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.

Representation by criminal defense lawyer is always recommended.

VIRGINIA CODE: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter4/section18.2-36.1/

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