Murder in Iowa is defined as a person who kills another person with malice aforethought, either express or implied.  Murder comes is several forms and varies in severity of punishment.

Murder in the 1st degree is when a person willfully, deliberately, and with premeditation kills another person. Murder 1st can also include a death combined with another serious crime.  Murder in the first degree is a Class A Felony.  Any other murder is murder in the 2nd Degree and a Class B Felony.

Another crime under the murder statute is voluntary manslaughter. A person commits voluntary manslaughter when that person causes the death of another person, under circumstances which would otherwise be murder, if the person causing the death acts solely as the result of sudden, violent, and irresistible passion resulting from serious provocation sufficient to excite such passion in a person and there is not an interval between the provocation and the killing in which a person of ordinary reason and temperament would regain control and suppress the impulse to kill.  Voluntary manslaughter is a Class C Felony.

A person can also be charged with involuntary manslaughter, a Class D Felony.  When a person unintentionally causes the death of another person, by the commission of a public offense, other than a forcible felony or escapee.

When the person unintentionally causes the death of another person by the commission of an act in a manner likely to cause death or serious injury is considered an aggravated misdemeanor.

ANDERSON & TAYLOR, Iowa Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you are charged with murder or manslaughter, a Criminal Defense Attorney from Anderson & Taylor, PLLC can fight for your rights to ensure you get the best outcome in your case. Our lawyers can push back against accusations of murder or manslaughter, utilizing their skill and experience in the courtroom to defend against these charges. Anderson & Taylor also utilize skilled professionals in investigation and expert testimony.  Call us today at (515) 282-8637 to set up a free consultation.

We represent those accused in Des Moines, Polk County, Marion County, Dallas County, Warren County, Story County, Madison County, and throughout the State of Iowa.