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: Murder in the first degree is a capital offence. … 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 can be misleading as it does not mean that the convicted criminal will be incarcerated for the rest of that person’s natural life. More often than not, it is a regular prison sentence that comes with the possibility of parole after a certain amount of years. State law dictates the length of … Read more