Homicide and Murder in New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Criminal Code recognizes a number of homicide offenses, ranging from negligent homicide to capital murder.
In general, homicides can be summarized as follows:
- Negligent Homicide – negligently causing another’s death, such as when the death is caused by a motor vehicle operated by a person who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Manslaughter – recklessly causing another’s death. This is crime would be murder, except that the person charged was provoked by an extreme mental or emotional disturbance.
- Attempted Murder – acting with a purpose to cause another’s death, a person does something which is a substantial step toward causing that death.
- Second Degree Murder – knowingly or recklessly causing the death of another person.
- First Degree Murder – purposely causing the death of another person, or knowingly causing the death of another in the course of commit another specified crime, such as arson, sexual assault, or armed robbery.
- Capital Murder – knowingly causing the death of another person, when certain other aggravating factors are also met.
Facing Homicide Charges in NH?
Murder charges are prosecuted by the NH Attorney General’s Office. Attempted Murder, Manslaughter and Negligent Homicides are typically prosecuted by the local county attorney’s office.
Homicides are complex criminal cases, because they almost always involve an extensive police investigation, a crime scene investigation and the gathering of forensic evidence, and the scientific analysis of that evidence.
When you're facing criminal charges for a crime of violence, you need a skilled defense attorney that you can trust with your life.
Experienced NH Criminal Defense Lawyers
The lawyers at Samdperil & Welsh in Exeter, NH are experienced criminal defense and homicide lawyers.
We work with forensic experts and experienced investigators to prepare a case for trial and, if necessary, sentencing. We have handled a number of high profile cases in the NH state courts, including on appeal before the NH Supreme Court.
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