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Being charged with homicide in Virginia is an extremely serious matter, and a conviction can mean years to life in prison.

King Campbell’s team of highly-skilled defense attorneys understands what’s at stake in a homicide case and has the knowledge and experience.

From aggravated murder to DUI involuntary manslaughter, we will work tirelessly to protect your legal rights and freedom.

Additionally, it’s important to fully understand the charges against you and their associated penalties.

Keep reading for the most up-to-date and complete homicide information in Virginia.

Aggravated Murder

Aggravated murder is considered to be the most egregious form of homicide, with especially heinous circumstances.

It’s a Class 1 felony.  In order to qualify as aggravated murder the killing must be willful, deliberate, premeditated, and must be the killing of a:

  • Prisoner or individual in custody
  • Law enforcement officer or a firefighter with police authority
  • Pregnant woman
  • Person less than 14 years old (if the suspect is 21 years or older)
  • Judge in order to interfere with his/her official duties
  • Witness in a criminal case to prevent them from testifying
  • More than one person with a single crime
  • Two people in a three-year time span


A Murder That Takes Place:

  • During an abduction or kidnapping
  • During a robbery
  • Before or after a rape
  • During a crime that involves a Schedule I or II controlled substance
  • During an act of terrorism

Additionally, orchestrating a successful murder by hiring another individual to carry out the crime is also considered an aggravated murder offense in Virginia.

The punishment for an aggravated murder felony conviction is life in prison and up to a $100,000 fine if the perpetrator is over 18 years old and not mentally retarded. If you've been charged with homicide, contact our attorneys now at (703) 468-8557.

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What to Do If You’re Charged with a Homicide?

If you’ve been charged with homicide, it’s important to know your legal rights and have access to a quality defense.

The attorneys at King Campbell Poretz Mitchell, PLLC have extensive experience developing powerful defense strategies in cases of aggravated murder, first degree murder, second degree murder, felony homicide, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, and DUI involuntary manslaughter.

Our meticulous and detailed-oriented criminal defense attorneys will perform an in-depth review of your case and take every measure possible to challenge your homicide charges, including any improper actions on the part of law enforcement.

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First Degree Murder

First degree murder is a premeditated, malicious, and intentional killing that does not meet the criteria for aggravated murder. According to homicide information in Virginia, it is considered a Class 2 felony, and if convicted, the individual faces 20 years to life in prison and fine up to $100,000.

Second Degree Murder

When a killing is without premeditation, but malice and intent can be proved, it’s considered murder in the second degree. The punishment is a felony conviction with five-to-40 years in prison.

Felony Homicide

Felony homicide is a considered 2nd degree murder. It’s the result of someone being accidentally killed while a non-murder felony is being committed. The penalty for this crime is a felony conviction with five-to-40 years in prison.


Voluntary manslaughter is when an intentional killing takes place without malice and occurs during mutual combat or from provocation. Involuntary manslaughter is an unintentional homicide that occurs due to a criminal act or omission by the perpetrator. This is the case with DUI involuntary manslaughter, which requires an attorney with extensive knowledge and experience in the law of homicide and law of DUI.

Voluntary, involuntary, and DUI involuntary manslaughter are all Class 5 felonies, and the penalty can be felony conviction with one to 10 years in prison or a lessened penalty of up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.

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