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Murder & Manslaughter Attorneys in Troy

Aggressive Defense for Serious Charges

In the State of New York, the statutes that penalize taking a human life are under murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide statutes. “Homicide” is the broad term that covers both murder and manslaughter cases. It is defined as "conduct which causes the death of a person under circumstances constituting murder, manslaughter in the first degree, manslaughter in the second degree, or criminally negligent homicide."

If you are facing murder or manslaughter charges, you need representation right away. Our murder defense attorneys in Troy have decades of experience defending New Yorkers against these serious criminal charges.

Call (518) 730-4222 or contact us online to request representation.

Murder Charges in New York

Murder is an extremely serious criminal offense that is punished severely. A conviction could land you in jail, possibly for life. You could also be facing hefty fines and other harsh penalties.

In New York, murder is classified as:

  • First-degree murder: The most serious offense
  • Second-degree murder: Considered less severe than first-degree murder
  • Aggravated murder: Includes many of the same courses of conduct as first-degree murder, along with an additional course of conduct


Manslaughter is less serious than murder charges. This is because the conduct, while still resulting in the death of another, is less serious on its face.

Manslaughter can be charged as:

  • Manslaughter in the first degree: Causing the death of someone by acting with the intent to cause serious physical injury.
  • Manslaughter in the second degree: When someone causes the death of another based on reckless conduct or when they intentionally aid another in committing suicide.
  • Aggravated manslaughter in the first degree: Limited to cases where the victim is a police officer or peace officer acting in their official duties, where the actor intentionally harmed the officer and knew or should have known the victim was acting in their official capacity.
  • Aggravated manslaughter in the second degree: When an actor causes the death of a peace or police officer based on their reckless conduct.

Vehicular Manslaughter

Vehicular manslaughter occurs when someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causes the death of another. This includes driving cars, trucks, and snowmobiles.

The exact charge you face – first- or second-degree vehicular manslaughter or aggravated vehicular homicide – depends on:

  • How intoxicated the person was
  • Whether their license was suspended or revoked
  • Whether they have been previously convicted of a DWI
  • Whether more than one person was killed or injured
  • If a child was killed
  • Whether a passenger was in the driver's vehicle

Call Frost & Kavanaugh

If you or a loved one is facing murder or manslaughter charges, having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side is essential. Contact Frost & Kavanaugh. We are experienced murder defense attorneys in Troy who regularly handle serious felony charges. We also have extensive experience litigating pretrial issues. We know that cases can be won (or lost) based on pretrial litigation.

Consequently, we carefully review our cases to ensure police complied with the constitutional mandates guaranteed by the New York and United States Constitutions. Where evidence is illegally obtained, we fight to have it suppressed. Our firm is committed to fighting for your rights.

Contact us online or call us at (518) 730-4222 to get started on your case.

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At Frost & Kavanaugh, our attorneys have decades of combined trial experience to put to work for you. Because we are deeply familiar with the judges, prosecutors, and processes you will face, we are equipped to build a strong and effective defense on your behalf. We are fierce litigators who will not shy away from a fight, and we remain committed to achieving a favorable resolution for every client we represent.