Homicide is a serious offense that is not taken lightly in any country or state and Virginia is no exception. In case of homicide, a wrongful death case can be filed by the deceased’s family.
Homicide is when someone kills another regardless of whether it was intended or not, and regardless of the circumstances surrounding the incident. Each state has its variations, however, the basic definition is taking of another human life. Generally, there are three types of homicides, murder, manslaughter and justifiable homicide.
This circumstance arises when someone accidentally kills someone else without planning or intent. There are two types of manslaughters,
Voluntary manslaughter is usually done as an accident in the heat of a moment or in a fit of rage. While involuntary manslaughter like a horrible car accident occurs purely out to the negligence or oversight of one drive that resulted in the other’s death.
If a person kills another in self-defense or if he is under an imminent threat then that is considered justifiable homicide. Other than some minor civil penalties, the person responsible for the homicide in such circumstances is not held liable for any criminal offense, making them receive no punishment.
There can be other forms of homicide as well depending on state laws such as a felony murder charge that is categorized as a capital offense according to Virginia law, in case of homicide like carjacking or burglary.
The following codes and sections cover the homicides cases which have been discussed in the article above as per the Virginia law.
The penalty of first degree murder for a person who is 18 years or older, is:
Second degree murder is punishable by:
Capital murder is punishable by death for people 18 or older, is
Capital murder is punishable by death for those under 18