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Second-Degree Intentional Homicide

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Second-Degree Intentional Homicide

In Wisconsin, second-degree intentional homicide is a class B felony.  Second-degree intentional homicide is essentially the same as first-degree intentional homicide with the presence of at least one of several additional factors.  The additional factors are: (1) adequate provocation; (2) unnecessary defensive force; (3) prevention of a felony; and (4) coercion.

First, an attorney can help you raise the defense of adequate provocation by showing that at the time you caused the person’s death, you believed that the person had done something which caused you to lose complete self-control.  This is an objective standard which means that in order for the adequate provocation showing to be sufficient, it must be that any reasonable person in your situation would have acted the same as you did.

Second, an attorney can help you raise the defense of unnecessary defensive force by showing that at the time you caused the person’s death, you believed that either you or another were in immediate danger of death or great bodily harm.  Additionally, you must be able to show that the force you used was reasonable to defend you or the other endangered person.  Unlike adequate provocation, this is a subjective standard which means that one of your beliefs could have been unreasonable when viewed by the ordinary person.

Third, an attorney can help you raise the defense of prevention of a felony by showing that at the time you caused the person’s death, you believed the force you used was necessary in order to end or prevent a felony from taking place.

Last, an attorney can help you raise the defense of coercion.  Coercion can be used as a defense if you were threatened and under the belief that the only way to prevent death or great bodily harm to yourself or another was to intentionally cause the death of the person who threatened you.


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