Unintentional Murder Charges
Third-degree murder in Minnesota involves killing another person without premeditation and intent, through inherently dangerous acts, and with no regard for human life. “Inherently dangerous acts” may be direct or indirect. The charge of third-degree murder encompasses unintentional murders, “depraved mind” murders and certain drug-related deaths, including drug-induced homicide.
Malice can be involved in third-degree murder charges. If an individual intends to harm another person, but not kill that person, and the person dies anyway, charges of third-degree murder will likely be filed.
A person convicted of murder in the third degree may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 25 years and a payment of a fine of not more than $40,000.
Aggressively Protecting Your Rights
Bruce Rivers is board certified in criminal defense by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and as a criminal trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is one of a handful of Minnesota lawyers to be so certified. He knows the courts and prosecutors. He knows Minnesota and federal homicide law, and he knows how important relevant precedents are to your case.
Our attorney will see the most positive possible outcome for your case. Bruce Rivers is skilled at identifying weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and he will expose those weaknesses and argue for acquittal, reduction in charges or minimum punishment. He also defends individuals charged with manslaughter and vehicular assault.