If you or a family member is being investigated for or has been charged with homicide in Pennsylvania it is essential to retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. It is also important to understand that homicide cases are the highest priority for District Attorney Offices and that the attorneys for the Commonwealth begin working on homicide cases the moment the alleged crime is reported. Obviously, when someone is arrested on a murder charge their future is at risk because they face a long prison sentence if convicted.

I represented individuals charged with murder and reached resolutions favorable to the defendant. Further, the majority of my law practice involves criminal law. If you need a homicide lawyer call David Lampman for a free phone or office consultation; my number is 570-371-3737.

Pennsylvania Homicide Grades & Penalties

In Pennsylvania, homicide is a general term that includes all degrees of murder, voluntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter. A individual is guilty of criminal homicide if they intentionally, knowing, recklessly or negligently causes the death of another human being.

Murder in Pennsylvania

First Degree Murder

Murder in PA is categorized as first degree murder, second degree murder, and third degree murder. A homicide is considered first degree murder when the killing is committed with intent. An intentional killing is willful, deliberate, and premeditated. The penalties for first degree murder are life in prison or the death penalty.

Second Degree Murder

Second degree murder in PA occurs when a death results from the commission of a felony. It is often referred to as the felony murder rule and included the attempt to commit a felony or the flight after committing a felony. The most severe penalty for second degree murder is life in prison.

Third Degree Murder

Third degree murder is a killing that involves gross recklessness rather than an intentional malicious act. The standard sentencing range for third degree murder in PA is 20 to 40 years in prison.

Voluntary Manslaughter in Pennsylvania

In PA voluntary manslaughter is an unjustified killing resulting from the heat of passion, extreme provocation, or mistake (even unreasonable mistake) that legal justification was present. The maxim penalty is 20 years in jail.

Involuntary Manslaughter in Pennsylvania

A person is guilty of involuntary manslaughter when a result reckless or grossly negligent act directly causes the death of another person. Involuntary manslaughter is generally a misdemeanor of the first degree and punishable by up to five years in prison. However, if the victim is under 12 years of age and is in the care, custody, or control of the person who caused the death, involuntary manslaughter in PA is a felony of the second degree.

Call Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer David Lampman today at 570-371-3737 if you need an experienced murder lawyer.