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Homicide

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 2501 defined criminal homicide as a person intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently causing the death of another human being. This crime is further classified under one of the following charges:

  • Murder of the First Degree – Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 2502(a)
  • Murder of the Second Degree – Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 2502(b)
  • Murder of the Third Degree – Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 2502(c)
  • Voluntary Manslaughter – Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 2503
  • Involuntary Manslaughter – Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 2504

A person can also be charged with homicide by vehicle under Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 75 § 3732 is he or she recklessly or with gross negligence causes the death of another person while violating driving laws. If the driver was intoxicated, he or she may be charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under influence under Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 75 § 3735. Whether a loved one’s death was intentional or the result of negligence, his or her family can face numerous financial hardships in addition to the tremendous emotional pain following their loss.

When a person has been convicted of homicide in connection with your loved one’s death, he or she may be liable for the financial damages your family has sustained. However, there may be additional third parties such as property owners or employers who could also be liable in these cases.

Additional negligent parties are important because murder is considered an intentional tort and is thus typically not covered by insurance, which is why the family members of many victims do not file lawsuits against the people who intentionally commit homicides unless they have enough wealth or assets to satisfy any judgment. However, vehicular homicide charges are considered negligent actions that can be covered by insurance. This does not necessarily mean that an insurance company will provide compensation to the family of the deceased without going to great lengths to minimize the amount paid.

If your loved one was killed because of another party’s intentional, negligent, or reckless actions, the dedicated Chester County wrongful death attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices will work as a team to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death and hold all liable parties accountable. Our firm represents families on a contingency fee basis so there is no fee for our legal services if we do not obtain compensation for the victims.

Call (610) 719-3190 right now to set up a free consultation that will allow our wrongful death lawyers to review your case. We have office locations in West Chester, Kennett Square, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Malvern, Plymouth Square, Philadelphia, and Radnor.