What is homicide?

Homicide is often confused with murder. However, the two do not have the same definition. Homicide is a broader term that covers any incident in which one person kills another person.

Not all forms of homicide are criminal. In New York, homicide may also be considered justifiable or excusable. Homicide has a wider scope that also includes instances of accidental or justified killing. An example of justified killing is acting in necessary self-defense.

Murder and manslaughter are subcategories of homicide. The intent and circumstances of homicide must be considered to determine whether it should be classified as murder or manslaughter.

Murder involves intentional or premeditated killing. A defendant may face manslaughter charges for an unintentional killing that occurs due to dangerous or reckless actions.

If you have been arrested on homicide charges in New York, you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer in your corner. Brill Legal Group can protect your freedom and help you fight the charges.

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