Tennessee Homicide Defense Attorney
Chattanooga Criminal Defense Lawyer Has Decades of Experience
Most murder cases are tried in state court but some can be prosecuted in
federal court. For example, if the victim was a federal official or if
the crime occurred on federal property the accused individual will be
exposed to federal criminal proceedings, including federal penalties and
prosecution by federal prosecutors and investigators.
Read on to learn about the federal laws and penalties associated with murder
in the United States.
Federal Law Concerning Murder in the First Degree
According to 18 U.S.C. § 1111, federal law considers murder in the
first degree to be the "unlawful killing of another human being with
malice aforethought." This includes any killing committed by malicious,
willful, or premeditated action. Section 1111 also states that first-degree
murder consists of a killing committed in the perpetration or attempted
perpetration of certain crimes, namely: arson, escape, murder, kidnapping,
treason, espionage, sabotage, sexual abuse, aggravated sexual abuse, child
abuse, burglary, or robbery.
In addition, federal law considers any death associated with the assault
or torture of a child to be murder in the first degree, or from a purposeful
design to kill someone other than the victim. Any other type of murder
is considered murder in the second degree. If convicted of first-degree
murder in a federal court of law, the accused individual will face either
life in prison or the death penalty.
Federal Law Concerning Manslaughter
Under 18 U.S.C. § 1112, manslaughter is defined as the "unlawful
killing of a human being without malice." There are two different
kinds of manslaughter considered by the law. Voluntary manslaughter is
a killing committed as result of a "sudden quarrel or heat of passion."
Involuntary manslaughter involves the death of an individual in conjunction
with a non-felony crime or a lawful action on the part of the accused
- for example, a workplace accident.
Call Davis & Hoss, PC for Serious Representation for Violent Crimes
If you or someone you know has been accused of first-degree murder, second-degree
murder, or manslaughter and faces prosecution in a federal court of law,
it is imperative that you act quickly to consult a
Chattanooga criminal defense attorney who can help. At Davis & Hoss, PC, we have the experience necessary
to successfully handle serious cases such as those involving federal homicide charges.
Call our Chattanooga legal team today to schedule a free