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Murder is classified under the law as intentionally taking a human life. In North Carolina, murder can be charged in the first or second degree, depending on the specifics of the case.
First-degree murder is characterized by killing using any of the following measures:
- A weapon of mass destruction
- Lying in wait
- Starving or torturing
You can also be charged with first-degree murder if you kill someone in the process of committing another felony, such as a robbery, arson, kidnapping or rape.
First-degree murder is a Class A felony, which means that it is punishable by either death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Second-degree murder occurs without premeditation. Malice and recklessness are hallmarks of this offense. It is a Class B2 felony in North Carolina, punishable by:
- 94 to 393 months in prison
Do not speak to the police before contacting your Raleigh murder defense attorney.
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