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First and Second Degree Murder

Murder is the act of intentionally killing another person. Murder is also the most severe crime someone can be charged for. And even though most people know what murder is, many do not know the differences between first and second degree murder.

First Degree Murder

First degree murder is the charge of intentionally killing one or more people by premeditated means. This means that the murderer had planned the killing and waited for the right time to kill him or her. This is the definition of murder that most people are aware of.

Second Degree Murder

Second degree murder can vary from case to case, but essentially it is the intentional killing of an individual without premeditation. It is also not a spontaneous killing or killing that takes place in “the heat of passion”. The murder may also have been a result of acting without concern for the person or people whose lives were at risk.

Felony Murder Rule

Illinois may also implement the “felony murder rule” which states that any person can be charged with first degree murder if the death occurred while committing another felony offense. This usually includes rape, arson, burglary, robbery, or other violent felony.

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Murder is a very serious accusation that is not tolerated by the state of Illinois. If you or someone you know has been charged with first degree or second degree murder, contact the Champaign criminal lawyers of Bruno Law Offices today at (217) 328-6000.

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