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Homicide Lawyer in Richmond Hill & Hinesville

Homicide is the overarching offense that covers the killing of another human being that is not legally justified. Manslaughter and murder are two types of homicide that are discussed in Chapter 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.). If you are charged with any type of homicide, you will need knowledgeable legal counsel and aggressive defense during your case. At Balbo & Gregg, Attorneys at Law, PC, one of our Richmond Hill criminal defense attorneys can guide you through your case.

Types of Homicide Defined Under Georgia Law

Murder and manslaughter are the two branches of homicide that are charged as distinct offenses. The primary difference between murder and manslaughter is the state of mind of the perpetrator and the specific actions taken. Although all homicide crimes are serious, the specific offense with which you are charged can make a large difference in your case.

Murder
The offense of murder takes place when a person acts on premeditated malice and unlawfully kills another individual. Malice can be proven by showing express or implied intent. Individuals who cause the death of another person while engaging in the commission of a felony can also be charged with murder.

Voluntary Manslaughter
Murder can be reduced to the crime of voluntary manslaughter if the defendant's actions are caused by impulsive, aggressive, and irresistible passion. For this lesser charge to be issued, there cannot be opportunity for the defendant to calm down before the killing takes place. A conviction for voluntary manslaughter will result in a 20-year prison sentence.

Involuntary Manslaughter
When an individual unintentionally kills another person during the commission of a felony act, he or she can be charged with involuntary manslaughter. Involuntary manslaughter can also be charged if the defendant kills another person while performing a lawful action but in an unlawful manner. The sentence for this offense is up to 10 years in prison.

Call Balbo & Gregg, Attorneys at Law, PC for Defense

If you are charged with homicide, we can discuss your options during a free case evaluation. If the state cannot prove each element of your case beyond a reasonable doubt, then no conviction can be made. We can build a strong defense that helps you obtain a reduction or dismissal of your charges.

Our firm has more than 25 years of combined experience protecting the rights and freedom of our clients. We can begin by investigating the arrest, police investigations, and all actions taken by the opposing party. If you are charged with a criminal allegation of homicide, do not hesitate to schedule a free, in-person case evaluation with one of our attorneys at once. We can begin working at once by interviewing witnesses and investigating relevant documents. Contact our firm today to begin fighting for you freedom!

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