Murder Sentencing Guidelines – Minimum to Maximum for Every State

Skip to State by State Overview of Murder Sentences The minimum and maxiumum sentence for murder varies depending on the jurisdiction and the specific degree or classification of the murder charge. In the United States, for example, minimum sentences can differ significantly among states and even within different degrees of murder (e.g., first-degree, second-degree, and … Read more

What is 2nd Degree Murder?

In the United States, the degrees of murder typically vary from state to state, but there are generally two or three degrees of murder recognized in most jurisdictions. First-degree murder is the most serious charge and involves the premeditated killing of another person with malice aforethought. This means that the perpetrator planned the murder and … Read more

What is the difference between first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree murder?

Legally, first-degree murder/felony murder refers to the premeditated killing of a human being. Second-degree murder refers to unplanned intentional killings, whereas third-degree murder/Manslaughter is unintentional/unplanned killing of a human. There are many grey areas between these, but typically it comes down to proving intent. Quick take: Degrees of murder explained: What are the 3 degrees … Read more

Manslaughter Laws Explained: What is the difference between first, second, and third degree manslaughter?

You are guilty of manslaughter in the first degree if you intentionally cause the death of another “in the heat of passion” provoked by the action or words. Manslaughter in the second degree occurs when you create an unreasonable risk, and consciously take chances of causing death or great bodily injury to another. ‘Third-degree manslaughter/involuntary … Read more

What is the Difference Between Murder, Homicide, and Manslaughter?

Legally, homicide refers to the act of killing another human being. Murder refers to the premeditated killing of another human. Manslaughter is the killing of another without malice or forethought. Quick take: There is no statute of limitations for murder. If a juvenile commits first-degree murder, the individual will face trial as an adult in … Read more

How Long is a Life Sentence? State by State Overview

A life sentence is often perceived as a prisoner serving the rest of their natural life behind bars; however, the actual length of a life sentence can vary significantly depending on the jurisdiction and state laws. In the United States, each state has its own statutes and regulations that dictate the length and conditions of … Read more