St. Louis criminal defense attorney W. Scott Rose has more than 20 years of experience practicing law. He limits his practice exclusively to criminal and DWI defense work, including homicide defense in the St. Louis area.
Homicide is the unlawful killing of another. Under Missouri law, homicide crimes include: murder 1st degree, murder 2nd degree, and voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Murder 2nd degree includes the crime of “felony murder,” in which a person is killed during (or as the result of) the commission of another felony crime or during (or as a result from) flight from another felony crime. Voluntary manslaughter is similar to murder 2nd degree except that the defendant was acting under the influence of sudden passion arising from adequate cause. Finally, manslaughter can be either manslaughter 1st degree, if the defendant acted recklessly, or manslaughter 2nd degree, if the defendant acted with criminal negligence.
If you’re facing a homicide charge in the greater St. Louis area, contact Rose Legal Services right away. We are happy to meet with your family and, if you are in custody, visit you at any of the local jails.
Homicide Charges in St. Louis
Homicide charges in St. Louis generally fall into three categories: murder 1st degree, murder 2nd degree, voluntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter. Whether the accused is charged with one or the other is based on several factors, including:
- Whether the defendant planned to kill the person
- If the crime was committed during another crime like rape or assault
- If the crime was committed to cover up another crime like drugs trafficking
- If the defendant acted under the influence of sudden passion
- Whether the defendant acted recklessly or with criminal negligence
It is important that you immediately hire a homicide defense attorney
Murder in St. Louis
The only possible sentences for murder 1st degree are the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Murder 2nd degree is when the crime was only intentional, not planned. However, the consequences still remain serious as the accused will be sentenced to 10-30 years in prison if proven guilty.
"The State accused me of 3 felonies that someone else committed. I hired Scott, and he got the charges dismissed. B.E. Former Client
Manslaughter in St. Louis
Manslaughter can be divided into two categories: involuntary and voluntary. Involuntary manslaughter is killing without intention but doing so through negligent or reckless behavior. For example, if someone is killed in a DUI accident, this is considered involuntary manslaughter. If you are charged with involuntary or voluntary manslaughter, you may face up to 15 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
Justified Homicide in St. Louis
Not all types of homicide are illegal. Self-defense, for example, is justified if it is necessary for a particular situation and if use of deadly force in the situation is allowed by Missouri state law. If you have been charged with homicide, the criminal defense attorneys at Rose Legal Services will fully investigate your case to determine with the legal defense of self-defense applies to your situation.
If you have been charged with homicide, contact Rose Legal Services Immediately
Being charged with homicide can ruin your life. Our homicide defense attorneys at Rose Legal Services can help you defend your case if you are facing a homicide charge of any degree. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and let us protect you and your rights.