what is murder, manslaughter, & homicide?


Criminal homicide is defined as capital murder, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and assisting suicide.

Please read thesections below for more detailed information about each criminal charge. If you or loved one has been charged with murder, manslaughter, homicide or assisted suicide call Vincent Rivera immediately at (913) 210-0844.

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Capital Murder is an off-grid person felony.

Intentional and premeditated killing of any person in the commission of kidnapping

Intentional and premeditated killing of any person pursuant to a contract or agreement.

intentional and premeditated killing of any person by an inmate or prisoner or while in the custody of an officer.

intentional and premeditated killing of the victim of one of the following crimes in the commission of, or subsequent to, such crime: Rape

Intentional and premeditated killing of a law enforcement officer

intentional and premeditated killing of more than one person as a part of the same act

intentional and premeditated killing of a child under the age of 14 in the commission of kidnapping

First-degree Murder is an off-grid person felony.

Murder in the first degree is the killing of a human being committed:

(a) Intentionally and with premeditation; or

(b) in the commission of, attempt to commit, or flight from an inherently dangerous felony as defined in K.S.A. 21-3436 and amendments thereto.

Murder in the first degree is an off-grid person felony.

Second-degree Murder is a severity level 2, person felony.

Murder in the second degree is the killing of a human being committed:
(a) Intentionally; or
(b) unintentionally but recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.
Murder in the second degree as described in subsection (a) is a severity level 1, person felony. Murder in the second degree as described in subsection (b) is a severity level 2, person felony.

Voluntary Manslaughter is a severity level 3, person felony.

Voluntary manslaughter is the intentional killing of a human being committed:
(a) Upon a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion; or
(b) upon an unreasonable but honest belief that circumstances existed that justified deadly force under K.S.A. 21-3211, 21-3212 or 21-3213 and amendments thereto.
Voluntary manslaughter is a severity level 3, person felony.

Involuntary Manslaughter is a severity level 5, person felony.

Involuntary Manslaughter is
a severity level 5, person felony.

Involuntary manslaughter is the unintentional killing of a human being committed:
(a) Recklessly;
(b) in the commission of, or attempt to commit, or flight from any felony, other than an inherently dangerous felony as defined in K.S.A. 21-3436 and amendments thereto, that is enacted for the protection of human life or safety or a misdemeanor that is enacted for the protection of human life or safety, including acts described in K.S.A. 8-1566 and subsection (a) of 8-1568, and amendments thereto but excluding the acts described in K.S.A. 8-1567 and amendments thereto; or
(c) during the commission of a lawful act in an unlawful manner.
Involuntary manslaughter is a severity level 5, person felony.

Vehicular Homicide is a class A person misdemeanor.

Vehicular homicide is the unintentional killing of a human being committed by the operation of an automobile, airplane, motor boat or other motor vehicle in a manner which creates an unreasonable risk of injury to the person or property of another and which constitutes a material deviation from the standard of care which a reasonable person would observe under the same circumstances.
Vehicular homicide is a class A person misdemeanor.

Assisting Suicide is either a level 3 or level 9 , person felony.

Assisting suicide is:
(1) Knowingly by force or duress causing another person to commit or to attempt to commit suicide; or
(2) with the intent and purpose of assisting another person to commit or to attempt to commit suicide, knowingly either:
(A) Providing the physical means by which another person commits or attempts to commit suicide; or
(B) participating in a physical act by which another person commits or attempts to commit suicide.
(b) Assisting suicide under subsection (1) is a severity level 3, person felony. Assisting suicide under subsection (2) is a severity level 9, person felony.

Vincent Rivera specializes in Criminal Defense including capital murder, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and assisting suicide.

Rivera Law, LLC represents clients in Johnson County and Wyandotte County, Kansas including cities of Olathe, Overland Park, Leavenworth and Douglas.

Rivera Law, LLC
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Olathe, Kansas, KS 66061
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