New Hampshire & Maine Murder / Manslaughter Attorney
Causing the death of another person typically results in charges of murder
or manslaughter, receives vigorous press coverage and results in terrible
suffering for the family of the victim and their community. New Hampshire
homicide cases are prosecuted by the New Hampshire Attorney General's
office and are typically investigated by the State Police Major Crime
Unit in conjunction with local law enforcement. Recently and in extraordinary
cases, New Hampshire has pursued charges for Capital Murder, calling for
the death penalty.
In other cases, the State charges those alleged to be responsible for the
death of another with First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Manslaughter or
Negligent Homicide, depending on the alleged mental state of the defendant. Punishments may
include life in prison. Though the alleged act maybe simple and straightforward,
homicide, murder and manslaughter cases are complex. Mental health, scientific
and complicated evidentiary issues are often implicated in such cases.
Our criminal defense team includes former prosecutors as well as a former
member of the Attorney General's Homicide Unit.
Our criminal lawyers understand the intersection of science and criminal
law and have experience addressing expert issues relating to mental health
defenses, DNA, bloodstain pattern analyses, footwear and tool mark analyses,
fingerprint comparisons as well as the use of polygraph testing as an
investigative tool. They have experience preparing major cases for the
courtroom and don't hesitate to prepare a forceful defense during
Speak with a New Hampshire criminal attorney immediately if you have been
accused of or charged with ending another person's life.
Penalties for Manslaughter & Murder
Manslaughter is committed when a person recklessly causes the death of
another individual, or kills a person while they are under extreme emotional
or mental disturbance caused through provocation. The punishment for manslaughter
as found in
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §630:2 is a prison sentence of up to 30 years. A person can also be guilty of
negligent homicide (§630:3) by causing the death of another person through negligence. This is a
Class B felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, unless it is
committed while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; then
it is a Class A felony penalized with a prison sentence of up to 15 years.
Even more severe than manslaughter is the crime of murder. This offense
can be split into three levels: capital murder, first-degree murder, and
second-degree murder. The least of these is second-degree murder, defined in
§630:1-b as knowingly causing the death of another, or causing another person's
death through recklessness and extreme indifference to human life. This
includes the intentional or unintentional killing of a person with a deadly
weapon while committing or attempting to commit a Class A felony, or in
the immediate flight after committing such a crime. Second-degree murder
is punishable by up to a life sentence in prison, unless otherwise sentenced
by the court.
First-degree murder (§630:1-a) occurs when a person purposefully causes the death of another or knowingly
causes the death of another while committing rape, robbery or burglary
when armed with a deadly weapon (which was used to kill the victim) or
while committing arson. It is penalized by life imprisonment with no chance
The most severe of all murder charges, however, is capital murder (§630:1). Capital murder occurs when a person knowingly causes the death of a
law enforcement or judicial officer in the line of duty; before, after,
or while committing kidnapping; before, during, or after committing a
burglary; and more. Capital murder is punishable by death, or by life
in prison without chance of parole.
Hire a New Hampshire Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for murder or manslaughter, Shaheen & Gordon,
P.A. can provide the defense you need. Our legal team is one of the largest
and most recognized firms in the state and has had tremendous success
defending New Hampshirites in all kinds of criminal charges, from sex
crimes to federal offenses. We have successfully defended multiple cases
of negligent homicide, as seen on our case results page and our criminal
defense team includes a former member of the New Hampshire Attorney General's
Office Homicide Unit.
We can help you avoid jail or prison, or have your charges entirely dismissed!
Contact our firm today to get started.