Homicide and Serious Felonies Defense Attorney Raleigh,NC

Homicide and Serious Felonies Defense Attorney Raleigh,NC

North Carolina’s criminal law has been implemented with due diligence due to its severe penalties.

The commission of a crime that results to take the life of a person has been categorized in various offenses such as the following:


the killing does not constitute a crime;

First Degree Murder

the highest level of criminal homicide, typically reserved for willful and  premeditated killings.

Second Degree Murder

most often the killing is voluntary but without premeditation. Meaning, it was not planned to commit the offense. The severity of charges usually stay at the range between voluntary manslaughter and first degree murder charges.

Voluntary Manslaughter

the commission of the offense in intentional but undertaken in not in a heat of  the moment.

Involuntary Manslaughter

a killing is not intentional but the act resulted to the death due to reckless or negligent behavior.

Any of the felonies above-mentioned may incarcerate the accused but the duration of the imprisonment may vary depending on the offense committed. 

Before anything else, let us define what the word felony means. Under the purview of the North Carolina’s legal system, a felony is a crime, which:

(1) Was a felony at common law;
(2) Is or may be punishable by death;
(3) Is or may be punishable by imprisonment in the State’s prison; or
(4) Is denominated as a felony by statute.

Further, the State of North Carolina formulated the different Classes. Each and every class has a specific range of imprisonment terms and they are the following:

Class Duration
Class A
Death or life with or without parole
Class B1
144 months to life without parole
Class B2
94 to 393 months
Class C
44 to 182 months
Class D
38 to 160 months
Class E
5 to 63 months
Class F
10 to 41 months
Class G
8 to 31 months
Class H
4 to 25 months
Class I
3 to 12 months

On the other hand, homicide is the killing of another person regardless of the intent or other surrounding incidents. However, homicide is not always deemed as a crime because it has likewise been considered as a justifying circumstance in cases of self- defense and/or the state-sanctioned execution of convicts. In essence, it involves either negligence or willful intent and the duration of imprisonment ranges from the penalty of manslaughter to the first degree of murder. Drunk driving is deemed involuntary manslaughter if during the accident, the victim died. On the other hand, the first degree of murder may take place only when the premeditated act has been carried out to the death of the victim.

The penalties to the different felonies vary because it depends on the availability of the set of evidence that is beyond a reasonable doubt. In case the accused has been sentenced to death but due to the presence of the mitigating circumstances the penalty should be lessened such as but not limited to the following defense:

1. Insanity;
2. Self-defense;

If you happen to commit an offense described in this article, you should not waste time to look for an efficient criminal lawyer because your life is at stake. When you are convicted, you will most likely lose your job and other opportunities and self-esteem.

If you happen to commit an offense described in this article, you should not waste any time in looking for an experienced and effective criminal lawyer. Relative to this, it is highly advisable to avail of the services of Karl Knudsen Law. The Law Offices of Karl E. Knudsen will provide you with the utmost support and protection to preserve your rights.

The Law Offices of Karl E. Knudsen Provides Caring, Quality, Individualized Representation of The Injured and The Accused.