Punishments for Murder in NY

When you’re charged with murder, it’s one of the most serious crimes you can possibly be charged with. The punishments for murder can range all the way up to life without the possibility of parole. If you or a loved one is charged with a crime of murder is extremely important that you contact an attorney immediately.


There are several different categories of homicide in the state of New York. All charges categorized as “murder” entail a possibility of life imprisonment. Typically, murder charges are divided into first- and second-degree classifications.

First-Degree Murder Charges

This type of charge is applicable when a legal adult (18 or older) intends to cause the death of another person and does cause that person’s death.

Second-Degree Murder Charges

A second-degree murder charge is applicable when a perpetrator has engaged in conduct that results in another person’s death. There are several different ways in which the state may claim that someone committed second-degree murder.

Unintentional Homicide

This type of crime is defined by the perpetrator unintentionally causing the death of another person. Unintentional homicide must occur as the result of a low-level crime or from negligence. This type of homicide charge does not require the prosecutor to prove premeditation, deliberation, or intent.


A manslaughter charge can be either voluntary or involuntary. Under a charge of voluntary manslaughter, the prosecutor claims that the defendant intended to cause serious bodily harm to the victim. They also claim that the harm resulted in death.

Vehicular Manslaughter

This type of manslaughter charge involves a death from the negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

When people are facing murder charges, what matters is results. At The Matera Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience helping people when they need it most. That commitment has allowed us to generate a record of success and positive results against murder or homicide charges.

If you or someone you love has questions about the punishments for murder in New York, schedule a free consultation with our dedicated Long Island homicide defense attorneys and let us fight for you. We proudly serve Suffolk County, Nassau County, Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and throughout New York State.

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