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Homicides: Murder and manslaughter are different charges

When a person dies at the hands of another, the individual who is accused of the death might have to deal with the criminal justice system. This is a difficult prospect, however, having a basic understanding of the difference between murder and manslaughter may help as you work on a defense if you are facing criminal charges.

One of the first things that you have to understand is what homicide means in the criminal justice system. At the most basic level, a homicide is a death that wasn't due to natural causes. There are two types of homicides in the criminal justice system -- murder and manslaughter.

Don't let drug charges threaten your education

As a young college student or a young person looking forward to college, you should do everything you can to make sure that your education and future do not run off the rails if you make a simple mistake.

Of course, the reality of the matter is that many young people see their bright futures snuffed out because of drug charges. Many universities refuse to accept individuals with drug convictions on their records, while drug convictions during your time in college can lead to jail time that knocks you out of your studies -- often permanently.

New Hampshire DWI charges can completely change your life

Sometimes, a mistake can change your life forever. You may have felt like you were fine to drive, but law enforcement felt otherwise. Perhaps you failed a field sobriety test because you've always been clumsy. Maybe your breathalyzer test was falsely positive because you suffer from diabetes or hypoglycemia.

Whatever the reason, now you're facing a DWI charge. You may be tempted to plead guilty and end this embarrassing chapter in your life. Doing that could be a mistake that could haunt you forever.

I was accused of negligent homicide after a car crash

After a fatal car accident, all of the focus will be on remembering the person who died. The grieving of the victim's family members and friends will also be an important concern. However, another person is usually suffering just as much as everyone else: the individual who received the blame for causing the accident.

Not only does the person faulted for the accident face a lot of pain and anguish over being involved in a crash that ended someone's life, but this person could also face criminal charges. Depending on the situation and events surrounding the fatal accident, a negligent homicide charge is serious, and a conviction could result in years behind bars.

What to do when you're charged with a DWI

Facing a DWI (driving while intoxicated) offense can drastically alter your life. Depending on the circumstances, a DWI offense can range from a class B misdemeanor to a felony offense. These are not simple traffic tickets, which you can effectively pay and promptly forgotten. You need to take the DWI charges as seriously as the state of New Hampshire will. You don't want to simply plead guilty or accept a public defender for your counsel. In order to protect yourself and your future, you need to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands DWI laws.

What are the differences between murder and manslaughter?

While all felonies that deal with the death of another human being are serious matters, some charges carry far heavier penalties if convicted than others. All of these charges are grouped under the main heading of homicide, but within that category are subdivisions that deal with the severity of the crime. If you are facing such a serious charge, it's vital to your defense that you understand these subtle distinctions.

To the survivors of the alleged victim, it might not matter that much whether their loved one died as a result of a second degree murder or an act of involuntary manslaughter. But to the authorities, the defendant and the courts, it matters a great deal.

4 defense tactics after a domestic violence allegation

If you're facing accusations of domestic violence, there's a lot on the line. A conviction could land you behind bars. You could lose your job. You could lose your rights to see your kids. With felony charges, you could also lose other rights, like the right to own firearms. This, in turn, could bar you from pursuing certain careers, such as that of a police officer.

Don't panic if you're accused, even if you know you did nothing wrong and you can't believe it's happening. There are things you can do to protect yourself. Below are four common defense tactics.

Four Things to Consider When You Are Charged with Domestic Violence

When you are criminally charged with domestic violence, many aspects of your life can change during the case. The New Hampshire Circuit Court's Domestic Violence Case Protocols details how these cases should be handled. From this manual, there are four things you should be aware of and take seriously.

Restraining Orders

The judge in your case may give any of the following temporary protective orders:

  • You cannot abuse the plaintiff.
  • You cannot enter the plaintiff's home, except to take items such as personal belongings and business equipment, and must come with a peace officer.
  • You cannot withhold the plaintiff's personal property; a peace officer will come with the plaintiff to get those items.
  • You cannot enter the plaintiff's workplace, school, or any other place where the plaintiff spends a lot of time.
  • You cannot take, convert or destroy any property of the plaintiff's, or any property that the plaintiff jointly owns with you.
  • If the court issues a "no contact" order, then you may not contact the plaintiff for any reason. If this order is violated, you could be criminally prosecuted.

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