Murder, Manslaughter, and Homicide

Ohio Criminal Defense – Murder, Manslaughter, and Homicide


When one person causes the death of another person it is called a “homicide.” Depending on the facts, it may be classified as a felony or a misdemeanor. Punishment may include as little as 15 days in jail, to a lengthy prison sentence, even up to a death sentence.

If you are facing a murder, manslaughter, or homicide charge, the stakes are very high. It is critical that you hire an experienced, aggressive lawyer to represent you. The attorneys at Gorman Malarcik Pierce have successfully defended thousands of clients accused of homicide, manslaughter and murder.

When are Homicide, Manslaughter, and Murder Felonies or Misdemeanors?


Ohio law classifies most crimes by “degree.” The most serious are First Degree Felonies. The least serious are Minor Misdemeanors. There are also “unclassified” felonies. Felony charges may be brought in State or Federal Court, depending on the facts and circumstances.

Unclassified:

Aggravated Murder
Murder

1st Degree:

Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (under the influence of drugs or alcohol)
Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (repeat offender, no valid operator license)
Voluntary Manslaughter
Involuntary manslaughter (in connection with a separate felony crime)

2nd Degree:

Aggravated Vehicular Homicide

3rd Degree:

Reckless Homicide
Involuntary Manslaughter (in connection with a separate misdemeanor crime)

4th Degree:

Vehicular Homicide (no valid operator license)

1st Degree Misdemeanor:

Negligent Homicide with a deadly weapon
Vehicular homicide

2nd Degree Misdemeanor:

Vehicular Manslaughter

What Are the Penalties for a Homicide, Manslaughter, or Murder Conviction?


If you are convicted of homicide, manslaughter or murder in Ohio, your sentence will normally include both jail time and a fine. Courts are given a wide range of penalties that will be imposed at the higher or lower end, depending on the facts proved at trial. Prison sentences can range from 15 days up to life without parole, or even the death penalty. Fines can be as high as $25,000.

A conviction will change your life forever. In addition to the sentence imposed by the court, a felony or misdemeanor conviction can prevent you from owning or possessing a gun. It will limit your employment, your voting, and may cause you to lose your professional license (nursing, commercial driver, etc.). It may also affect where you may live once you are released from prison.

Avoid conviction by hiring an aggressive, experienced attorney right away.

At Gorman Malarcik Pierce we fight hard for our clients. We use all of our skill and experience to defend you by

  • seeking dismissal whenever feasible;
  • negotiating the best plea agreement possible;
  • requiring the State to meet its burden of proving each part of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Call the Criminal Defense Lawyers at Gorman Malarcik Pierce Today


Being charged with homicide, manslaughter, or murder is a very serious matter: it will affect your future employment, your family life, your finances, and your freedom.

The court process moves quickly, and the sooner you have a criminal defense lawyer working for you, the more likely you will have a good result.

Call us today: 330.253.0785.

Our offices are located in downtown Akron, at 54 East Mill Street. We serve clients in courts throughout Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and the surrounding areas.

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