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The Skilled Defense You Need When Charged With Homicide In Hawai‘i

Murder and homicide charges impose the toughest of possible sentences — life in prison. When the stakes are that high, you need exceptional legal representation. In Honolulu and throughout the state of Hawai‘i, look no further than Harrison Law Center, A Law Corporation. I am firm founder Bill Harrison, a criminal defense attorney with more than 40 years of legal experience – much of it spent in the courtroom. I am ready to defend you against any homicide charge you may be facing and will work tirelessly to protect your rights and safeguard your freedom.

Understanding The Numerous Types Of Homicide Charges

Homicide is a charge that relates to the taking of a human life. In Hawai‘i, homicide/murder charges are classified into four categories based on the details of death, the intent of the alleged offender and other factors.

First-degree murder is the most severe homicide charge. It is defined as the intentional and premeditated killing of another person. Specific targets or motivations elevate murder to first-degree, such as the intentional murder of law enforcement officers, witnesses to a crime, or multiple individuals in a planned fashion. This is a capital offense that can result in life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Second-degree murder, while still a grave charge, does not require premeditation or a specific target. It involves the intentional murder of another person (with malice) but lacks the specific circumstances required for first-degree murder. The penalty for second-degree murder can also be life imprisonment, albeit with the possibility of parole.

Manslaughter is a lesser charge, defined by Hawai‘i law as the unintentional killing of another person through reckless actions or in the heat of passion. Manslaughter does not involve the premeditation seen in first-degree murder but does involve a level of negligence or disregard for life. Penalties for manslaughter are less severe than for murder but can still result in significant prison time.

Negligent homicide is the least severe of these charges and involves the death of another person through negligent behavior. This can include deaths resulting from irresponsible driving, drunk driving or other acts that are not malicious but still demonstrate an extreme disregard for safety. Depending on the degree of negligence, this can range from a misdemeanor to a felony, with varying penalties.

Talking to a Hawai‘i homicide lawyer before speaking to the police can significantly improve the chances of a favorable outcome at trial. I encourage you to contact my firm as soon as you are approached by the police or charged in connection with murder or homicide.

Discuss Your Defense Options During A Free Initial Consultation

Based in Honolulu, Harrison Law Center serves clients in Oahu and throughout the state of Hawai‘i. Whether you are facing charges as a resident or for alleged crimes committed as a visitor to the islands, I’m here to help protect your rights and fight for your freedom. To schedule a free initial consultation, call me at 808-501-0408 or submit an online contact form.