There is always a murder case going on in the news after every while. The charges are usually some type of homicide that most people do not really understand. There are different kinds of homicide; however the most serious one is first-degree murder where somebody could be detained for life or executed. The classifications of homicide are very confusing, and most people wonder what makes one worse than the other. For wrongdoing to be taken to be first-degree murder, there are a few things that it must have.
If someone commits an illegal act that leads to someone dying, that is called a homicide. Three kinds of homicide exist, and they include justifiable homicide, murder, and manslaughter. For it to be murder, the accused must have had the intention to kill the victim. For an action to be considered manslaughter, it means that the action that caused the death was not actually supposed to kill them but is still illegal. A good example is when someone gives a drug to another person who overdoses and dies. Justifiable manslaughter is a murder that results from self-defense. Here, there are definitely no charges documented. When it comes to first-degree murder, the prosecutors must prove the intent, deliberation, and premeditation. The intent is whereby the accused had the goal of ending a life, even if they took the wrong one. Deliberation and premeditation go hand in hand. If the murderer invested a long time in arranging and placing everything together, then, the activity was deliberate. Premeditation is if the person had time to consider what they were about to do but still did it. This is especially evident if the person pauses for a few seconds before committing the murder. This means they knew that the action was wrong but still went ahead.
Now, most of us are wondering what the difference between first and second degree is. The difference is that in the second degree, there was no planning at all, just the intent. Almost every crime of passion falls here. For instance, if somebody discovers his wife with someone else, they may commit murder due to rage; this implies they wanted to murder the individual, yet they had not planned to do it. Every state has its requirements for a murder to be considered a first degree. Good research is needed to learn more about the laws in your state. Many states allow the felony murder rule; a felony is if the death happened during another crime, for example, rape. First degree murderers could be given death sentences with the likelihood of an appeal. This charge is given for very lewd acts. It could also be punished by life in prison without the possibility of parole. Second-degree murderers can get between 20 to 25 years.