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This is the most serious crime in Wisconsin and is a Class A Felony. Our Sheboygan and Milwaukee murder lawyers will fully understand and defend the elements that will be presented against you.
The State must prove 2 elements (which are components of the crime). Prosecutors must prove these elements beyond a reasonable doubt to proceed with a conviction:
The first element requires that some cause and effect existed between the death of the victim and your actions. Before this cause and effect can be established, it must appear that your actions were a substantial factor in the resulting death. So the question would be, "Was the defendant’s act a substantial factor in producing the victim's death?"
The second element requires that you acted with intent to kill the victim. Under the Criminal Code, the phrase “with intent to kill” means that you had the mental purpose to take the life of another human being, or you were aware that your conduct was “practically certain” to cause the death of another human being.
Wisconsin penalties for 1st Degree Intentional Homicide:
Wisconsin penalty for Second Degree Intentional Homicide:
The State must prove the following elements:
“Criminally reckless conduct” means:
Vehicular homicide is causing the death of another person by use of a motorized vehicle such as a car, truck, or a semi-truck.
Intoxicated Vehicular Homicide is causing the death of another person by use of a motorized vehicle while the operator of the vehicle is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or some other intoxicant. This crime is sometimes referred to as death by use of a motor vehicle, drunken vehicular homicide, drunk driving homicide or drunk driving manslaughter. It is a defense to this charge to prove that the death would have occurred even if you had been exercising “due care” and weren’t intoxicated.
The State must prove the following 3 elements:
Homicide law has many facets and defenses, but an important one to remember is the “felony murder rule.” If you and others are robbing a bank, for example, and one or more of you is armed and someone is killed, you will be held liable for a homicide committed in this situation even if the actual act was done by someone else. Similar to a conspiracy, you are liable for all of the “natural and probable consequences” of the felony you and the others are committing.