Second Degree Murder

Although society views murder as one of the most heinous crimes possible, the legal system divides murder into several different categories in order to more justly define the crime. Second degree murder is most often recognized as the crime between first degree murder and manslaughter.

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What is Second Degree Murder?

Second degree murder is like first degree murder in that it is intentional. However, unlike first degree murder, it is not premeditated or planned. Additionally, it is not like a killing performed in the “heat of passion.” For instance, if mother finds out that her child has been abused, she may not harm the abuser when he or she confesses. However, if the abuser comes to apologize again the next day, the mother can be charged with second degree murder if she pulls out a gun and shoots the person.

Negligence as Second Degree Murder

In some cases, if a person acts extremely reckless in a way that obviously places other people in danger, the person can be charged with second degree murder if he or she subsequently kills someone. For instance, if a person drives down the road shooting randomly, then kills another driver, the shooter could be charged with second degree murder.

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Second degree murder is a serious charge that can result in serious jail time. Additionally, a conviction can put a mark on your record that can forever haunt you. To help you deal with the legal repercussions of a second degree murder charge, contact a knowledgeable Dallas criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.

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