Ohio Homicide Attorney
When faced with homicide charges in Ohio, obtaining the counsel of an experienced Ohio homicide attorney should be a top priority. Homicide refers to any offense that results in the death of another. Depending on the charge and the circumstances, penalties for a homicide conviction can be quite severe. Thomas R. Koustmer is a veteran criminal law attorney who represents Ohio clients in a wide range of homicide cases including:
- Aggravated murder
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Involuntary manslaughter
- Reckless homicide
- Negligent homicide
- Aggravated vehicular homicide
- Vehicular homicide
- Vehicular manslaughter
Ohio murder, manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter
The following are types of Ohio homicides:
- Murder. Murder is the legal taking of another person’s life without legal justification or provocation. Depending on the degree of murder charged, a conviction can result in long prison sentences and even the death penalty. Ohio murder laws provide for different degrees of murder for which you can be charged.
- First degree murder. First degree alleges the defendant committed the crime in a premeditated and intentional manner.
- Second degree murder. Second degree is also intentional but not premeditated. Often second degree murder occurs in the heat of the moment.
- Third degree murder. Third degree alleges the intention to harm but not to kill.
- Manslaughter. Manslaughter is charged when an unintentional homicide occurs but a willful disregard for life is present. An example of manslaughter would be when a person driving recklessly causes an accident in which another dies. Manslaughter may be either voluntary or involuntary.
- Vehicular manslaughter/homicide. Vehicular homicide can be charged as anything from a first degree felony to a first degree misdemeanor depending on the circumstances. The mitigating factor is the severity of recklessness during the act. For example, a person who causes an accident fatality because he or she lost control of a vehicle while driving is not likely to be charged in the same way as a person who was DUI when causing an accident fatality.
Homicide charges are serious
No matter what type of homicide charges you face, the legal system regards homicide as a serious matter. Therefore having an experienced Ohio murder attorney who can protect your interests in court is paramount.
Contact Thomas R. Koustmer online or call 513-621-3616 to learn how our substantial experience can help you.