Homicide and Manslaughter Defense Attorney in Lafayette
Homicide in Louisiana is defined as the killing of another person through various means, whether premeditated or in the heat of the moment. There are several different types of homicide, including the following:
- Negligent homicide
- Vehicular homicide
- First-degree murder
- Second-degree murder
Negligent homicide involves the killing of a person during the commission of another crime. For example, a criminal comes to rob a bank without intending to harm anyone; however, they end up killing a person during the commission of the crime. This could be considered negligent homicide. Vehicular homicide can occur while one person is drinking and driving, causes an accident, and another individual involved is killed in the accident.
Manslaughter is a murder crime that occurs in the heat of the moment. Normally, this would be considered a second-degree murder offense; however, the element that differentiates the two is provocation that would deprive any ordinary person of their self-control. One example of this could be a man who comes home to find his wife sleeping with another man; he loads a gun and kills them both. There was no self-defense involved; however, this is a circumstance that could be argued to have reasonably caused the defendant to lose self-control.
Charged with homicide?
Facing homicide charges can be extremely serious; if you are convicted, then you could face penalties of years in prison and extensive fines. Our firm understands the severity of the situation that you face, and we can provide you with the aggressive representation that you need for your defense. Our firm has more than 20 years of experience, and we can put this to work for you. We have handled numerous homicide cases in the past and we are experts at handling evidence. You can feel confident in the representation that we provide! Let us work for you in your situation.