The following is the Louisiana law defining the types of homicide in our state. Each State has different criminal laws; its one of those matters left to the States to decide by our Constitution. The result is that often times there is confusion as to criminal charges in Louisiana because people watch a lot of television and there are many terms used that do not have any application in Louisiana. The example I always use with regard to homicide is the “lying in wait” provision in some states. First degree murder, the only type of murder for which the death penalty is possible in Louisiana, is one of the types of homicide below. In some states if you are ‘lying in wait’, or the murder is ‘premeditated’, then it is by that definition first degree murder. In Louisiana we have no such provision for first degree murder. Our laws are different, as are most states, and having good information about our laws is important to making good decisions about legal representation.
This, http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/LawSearch.aspx, is the Louisiana Legislature’s website listing the laws of our State.
La. Revised Statutes 14:29. Homicide
Homicide is the killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or culpable omission of another. Criminal homicide is of five grades:
(1) First degree murder.
(2) Second degree murder.
(4) Negligent homicide.
(5) Vehicular homicide.
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