DUI 2nd Degree Murder
If you are involved in an alcohol-related auto accident that results in a fatality, you could be charged with second degree murder. This is a serious offense, requiring skilled legal representation.
First vs. Second Degree Murder Charges: What’s the Difference?
When it comes to determining whether you will face first or second degree murder charges for causing another person’s death, the outcome ultimately depends on whether or not the death was intentional. If intent is involved, the offense will be treated as a first degree charge, while a negligent act will be classified in the less serious second degree.
Legal Elements of second Degree Charge
In order for you to be convicted of second degree murder, your actions must meet the charge’s two required legal elements under state law:
- You must have committed a dangerous act that showed a clear disregard for the lives of others, and
- The act in question must have been committed while you were engaged in the commission of a felony.
If the prosecution can prove that your offense meets both of these requirements beyond a reasonable doubt, you will be found guilty of second degree murder—an offense that may carry anywhere from 10 years to life in prison.
If you are facing second degree murder charges due to driving under the influence, it is important to have legal representation when your case is brought before a court of law. Depending on the nature of the charges, you may be able to get them reduced to a lesser offense or, in some cases, even dismissed entirely.
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