When a person kills someone, regardless of intent or other details surrounding the incident, it is generally called a homicide. Specifically, murder is when a person knowingly and purposefully kills another person or causes substantial bodily harm that the person later dies due to the injuries that were inflicted.
First-Degree Murder in Washington
In Washington, first-degree murder is the most serious type of homicide because it is planned and done on purpose with some type evil intent.
First-degree murder is most often thought of as an intentional killing done with premeditation. However, premeditation isn't the only way in which this offense is defined. Other ways the charge arises is with an allegation that:
Aggravated First-Degree Murder
Murder in the first degree becomes "aggravated" when there are certain factors alleged. The list of aggravating factors include:
The following table highlights the main provisions of Washington's murder laws. See also Voluntary Manslaughter, Involuntary Manslaughter, First Degree Murder Defenses, and First Degree Murder Penalties and Sentencing.
|What is Prohibited||
See Above Definitions
|What is Aggravated Murder?||
If the homicide (killing of a human) took place in conjunction with a certain felony crimes, such as murder for hire, a drive-by shooting, etc.
First Degree Murder: Class A Felony, Maximum of life without the possibility of parole and a fine.
Aggravated First-Degree Murder: Mandatory life imprisonment with a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole and a fine.
Possible Wrongful Death lawsuit
If you do find yourself facing a first-degree murder charge in Washington, you may wish to contact a criminal defense attorney for assistance.
Contact a qualified attorney.