Understanding the Definitions and Penalties of Maryland Homicide Laws

The term “homicide” generally describes any unlawful killing of one human being by another. Maryland, like other states, separates homicides into different categories by type, with different penalties depending on the particular circumstances of the incident.

The most severe penalties are reserved for those convicted of first-degree murder. Section 2-201 of the Maryland Criminal Code defines first-degree murder as “a deliberate, premeditated, and willful killing” that may be committed in multiple ways, such as by lying in wait, by poisoning, or during the commission of one of a list of other felonies. A conviction of first-degree murder carries a penalty of death or life imprisonment.

In Section 2-204, Maryland’s criminal law defines second-degree murder as “a murder that is not in the first degree under section 2-201,” and the law imposes a penalty of up to 30 years in prison for those convicted of second-degree murder.

Less severe than murder is manslaughter, which, can result in 10 years in prison upon conviction. Types of Manslaughter include “voluntary”, “involuntary” and “manslaughter by vehicle or vessel,” in which a person is convicted of causing someone else’s death by driving or controlling a vehicle or boat “in a grossly negligent manner.”

Homicide of any kind is a serious charge, and you should not face these charges alone. At Alpert Schreyer, our experienced Maryland homicide lawyers can create an aggressive defense to protect your rights and pursue the best possible outcome in your case. For a free and confidential consultation on your case, contact our offices at (866) 444-6363.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.