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In West Virginia, the prosecution against those suspected of violent acts, including homicide, is intense and unyielding. These offenses are looked upon as some of the gravest and are met with extreme and enduring penalties. Should you be convicted of either homicide or murder, you may be facing a lifetime behind bars as well as a lasting mark on your record that could prohibit a conventional life post-release.

Given these grave consequences, the decision of selecting a West Virginia criminal attorney is critical. Swift action in choosing representation allows for an immediate start to formulating a solid defense strategy.

With over three decades of expertise in defending clients against serious charges like murder and homicide, Mountaineer Law Group stands prepared to support you. If you’re confronted with charges or an investigation related to a fatality, reach out instantly. Our seasoned trial lawyers comprehend the gravity of your circumstances and dedicate themselves to working closely with you to strive for the most favorable outcomes.

Contact Mountaineer Law Group without delay for a complimentary case assessment with a skilled West Virginia criminal attorney at (304) 381-3656.

Understanding Homicide & Murder in West Virginia

Homicide in West Virginia implies illegally taking someone’s life and is categorized into various types, such as murder and manslaughter. Intent and context distinguish homicide from murder.

West Virginia’s legal definition bifurcates murder into:

  • First-degree murder: This is a preplanned and malevolent act of killing. Circumstances like homicides during burglary, abduction, arson, or sexual assault fall into this category.
  • Second-degree murder: This is a maliciously intended killing that lacks pre-planning and encompasses those perpetrated amid an act of aggression or through heedless actions.

Manslaughter is defined by law into:

  • Voluntary manslaughter: An intentional murder committed during a moment of intense emotion, like killing in a sudden fit of anger due to a provocative situation.
  •  Involuntary manslaughter: An unintentional murder resulting from carelessness or risky behavior, including incidents like unintentional fatal car crashes while intoxicated.


The gravity of the offense in West Virginia dictates the severity of penalties, which may range from jail time to financial fines:

  • First-degree murder: Life imprisonment without parole, or with the possibility of parole after 15 years served.
  •  Second-degree murder: A jail term between 10 and 40 years.
  •  Voluntary manslaughter: Imprisonment for 3 to 15 years.
  •  Involuntary manslaughter: Up to five years of imprisonment or a fine reaching $2,500.


A multitude of defense approaches exist to counter homicide and murder accusations. They involve:

  • Self-defense claims, citing protection against immediate harm to oneself or others.
  • Legal insanity at the crime’s moment, absolving the defendant of culpability.
  • Accidental incidents refuting criminal carelessness or rashness.
  • Demonstrable absence from the crime scene, ensuring the defendant’s innocence.

How We Assist in West Virginia Homicide & Murder Charges

When facing serious accusations like homicide or murder, it’s imperative to have a knowledgeable West Virginia DUI attorney versed in assembling and articulating compelling courtroom defenses.

We perform comprehensive examinations of your case to discover evidence that can absolve you. With these insights, we strategize robust defenses. Whenever feasible, we negotiate with prosecutors to lessen charges or achieve a favorable plea deal. If trial is the advised route, our vigorous courtroom representation aims to either establish your innocence or moderate potential penalties.

Expect our unwavering presence, counsel, and assistance as we endeavor towards an optimal resolution for you.

Don’t delay – reach an advocate at (304) 381-3656 for counsel today.

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