What are the degrees of murder?

Generally, the degrees of murder include first-degree murder and second-degree murder. Other states place specific labels on their murder offenses, such as capital murder, murder, and justifiable homicide. First-degree murder and felony murder are the most serious, followed by second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter. Learn more in our free legal guide below.

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