Murder is the most serious crime under the law.
First Degree Murder
A person commits first degree murder if he purposely causes the death of another person or knowingly causes the death of another person during the commission of certain crimes. A person convicted of first degree murder will be sentenced to the New Hampshire State Prison for life without parole.
Second Degree Murder
A person commits second degree murder if he knowingly causes the death of another person or recklessly causes the death of another person manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life. A person convicted of second degree murder can be sentenced up to life in New Hampshire State prison without the possibility of parole. However, the general sentence range in New Hampshire for second degree murder is 20 to 40 years at the New Hampshire State Prison.
A person commits manslaughter if he recklessly causes the death of another person or does so under the influence of extreme mental or emotional disturbance caused by extreme provocation. A person convicted of manslaughter may be sent to the New Hampshire State Prison for 15 to 30 years.
Negligent Homicide is a class B felony and occurs when someone causes the death of another person negligently. However, if a person causes the death of another person while committing DUI/OUI (drunk driving) and gets in an accident, negligent homicide is a class A felony. If a person commits negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, the court may revoke his license for up to seven years. If a person commits this crime with a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, the court may revoke his license indefinitely.
If you are charged with any type of homicide, you need an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney to represent you immediately. Because all homicides are felony-level charges, a person convicted of it may be sent to the New Hampshire State Prison. The criminal defense lawyers at Wilson, Bush & Keefe have the proven record of success to defend you when you need it the most.