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Homicide Laws

Homicide is often misunderstood as solely being murder. Not all homicides are murder but some homicides can be classified as murder. Uncertainties of what homicide is or what culpable homicide is often lead to questions like the ones answered below.

What is homicide?

The word homicide derives from the Latin words homo (human being) and caedere (to cut, kill). Homicide is an act of a human being killing another human being. Criminal homicide has several varieties and includes specific unintentional killings. Voluntary and involuntary manslaughter are included as criminal homicide. State-sanctioned homicide, such as capital punishment, is conducted with the sanction of the state. For more commonly asked questions about the homicide laws read below to find the answers by the Experts.

What is culpable homicide?

Culpable homicide is also referred to as negligent homicide. It is a specific offence in many jurisdictions that typically will involve the unlawful killing of another with an absence of an intention to kill. In Canada all killings of human beings are classified as culpable homicide or not culpable homicide. There are three types of culpable homicide in Canada: murder, manslaughter, and infanticide.

I’m pregnant, on probation and have been charged with negligent criminal homicide. What might happen to my baby if I go to jail?

Negligent homicide is a criminal charge that is a lesser offense to first and second degree murder. You should hire an attorney or have one provided to you by the court. Judges can grant bail due to your condition or they can incarcerate you while you await trial. That decision will be solely at the judge’s discretion. If you are in jail at the time you give birth you are able to delegate a person to whom your child would go to live with. If you do not have anyone to care for your child then the Department of Children and Family Services will take the child until you leave jail and qualify to take care of your child by their standards. Another option at your disposal is adoption.

Are there any factors which make homicide investigations more or less difficult than investigations of other crimes?

There can be many factors in which a homicide investigation could be more difficult than other criminal investigations. Homicides deal in material that can degrade at a much faster pace depending on the elements surrounding the homicide. Environmental elements such as heat, rain, wind, etc. can hinder a homicide investigation. Where a body is found can also make a homicide investigation more difficult. In a homicide investigation the special collection of evidence from fibers to blood to tissues can be more time consuming.

Is it legal to commit a homicide as long as the victim is notified before the murder is committed?

Murder is defined as the unlawful killing, with malice aforethought of another human. It is never legal to commit murder. Capital punishment is a type of homicide that is legal and the victim is aware that they will die.

Knowing the right information and garnishing a good insight on homicide laws can help when dealing with questions regarding homicide. Experts can help answer what is homicide or what is culpable homicide. Get the answers fast and affordably by asking an Expert.
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