The loss of a human life is a serious matter. When there is foul play, negligence, recklessness or similar matters involved, the loss of life might mean that there is a criminal element to the case. In some instances, a homicide case might be opened.
Many people don't realize that there are some deaths that aren't murder. Sometimes, deaths occur naturally or they are fully accidental without any malice. When this occurs, it might be possible to face criminal charges but those charges are likely going to be less serious than murder.
A murder charge is usually levied against a person who acted with malice intent. Oftentimes, there is an element of thought before the crime happens. This is known as premeditation. A premeditated crime is one that is very serious. First-degree murder is an example of a serious premeditated criminal action.
Finding out what charge you are facing in connection with the murder is imperative. You need to know what you are up against. Typically, murder charges are more serious than manslaughter charges. Some homicide cases might be found to have been justifiable homicides that can be handled with a firm defense.
Any criminal justice case that is based on the loss of a another person' s life must be taken seriously. Some convictions will come with very serious imprisonment terms. Make sure you review these possibilities so that you are ready to handle your defense in the way you feel is best. Don't wait until the last minute to do this. You need to make sure that you have time to evaluate your options.
Source: FindLaw, "Homicide Definition," accessed April 13, 2018