What is Considered to be Third Degree Murder in Philadelphia


2/5/2018

When would a person be accused of a criminal homicide or a third degree murder in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania?  Homicides are divided into various categories which are associated the circumstances surrounding the events associated with the loss of life.  Sentencing guidelines and consequences reflect the nature and severity of the murder itself.  In a first degree murder the prosecution must show premeditation or the “specific intent” to kill the victim.  Second degree murder is usually charged when a homicide occurs during the commission of a felony.  When a homicide is not premeditated and does not occur during a felony, the prosecutor will often attempt to charge the defendant with third degree murder in Philadelphia homicide cases.

Third degree murder carries more serious consequences than voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter charges.  It is therefore often used as a fall back position when the prosecution has a weak case or when the facts don’t fit the specifications of a more serious murder charge. Third degree murder is defined in the Crimes Code as “all other kinds of murder” other than first or second degree murder. It is a killing done with legal malice, but without the specific intent to kill. 

Wimmer Criminal Defense provides those accused of taking a life with an experienced and aggressive murder and homicide defense attorney.  Lauren Wimmer worked alongside Philadelphia judges and prosecutors in the homicide court, and this experience provides insight into the strategies of the prosecution as well as the defense strategies and arguments which are most likely to achieve a successful result. 

We invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and contact Wimmer Criminal Defense or call for a free consultation at 215-712-1212.  Learn about the consequences of third degree murder in Philadelphia and how you or your loved one can significantly improve the outcome in their case based upon our aggressive and proven representation.