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Legal Overview of Homicide - Chapter Summary
This self-paced criminal justice chapter provides a legal overview of different types of homicide. These lessons break down laws, punishments and statistics related to first, second and third degree murder, vehicular homicide and more. The chapter comes with interactive self-assessment quizzes that review the most important terms and concepts from the lessons. Be sure to reach out to our instructors if you have any questions. The chapter can be accessed at any time that fits your schedule, and when you're finished, you should be able to:
- Recognize the punishment for first degree murder
- Evaluate laws pertaining to second degree and third degree murder
- Outline felony murder rules and doctrines
- Assess capital murder cases
- Interpret vehicular homicide statistics
1. What Is First Degree Murder? - Definition, Punishment & Examples
This lesson will teach you about what constitutes first degree murder. We'll initially review the definition of first degree murder. Then, we'll examine the punishment for the commission of the crime. Finally, we'll review a couple of examples.
2. Second Degree Murder: Definition & Law
What constitutes second degree murder, and why does it matter what a killer's state of mind is when he or she kills? How does second degree murder differ from first degree murder? Learn the answers to these questions in this lesson.
3. Third Degree Murder: Definition & Law
How does third degree murder differ from murder in the first or second degree? What does it take for a person to be found guilty of third degree murder? Find out the ins and outs of this crime in this lesson.
4. What Is Felony Murder? - Definition, Rule & Doctrine
Some states use a felony murder doctrine, which allows a person to be convicted of murder when that person didn't mean to kill, but was committing another felony. This lesson explains the felony murder doctrine.
5. What is Capital Murder? - Definition & Cases
There are different types of murder charges in the United States. This lesson will define capital murder and examine two capital murder cases as well as the laws the cases are based on.
6. Vehicular Homicide in Law: Definition, Sentence & Statistics
In this lesson, we'll define vehicular homicide, examine how criminal sentences can vary greatly from one jurisdiction to another, and look at some national vehicular homicide statistics.
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