Homicide and murder are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Homicide is the killing of one human being by another, and it can be either felonious or innocent. Innocent homicide is not a crime, and occurs when there is a legal justification or excuse for the killing. If there is not a justification or an excuse then this killing is unlawful and a murder charge will result. Oftentimes it is not entirely clear whether the killing is justified, and unfortunately in these situations the police tend to recommend charges just to cover their backs. Sadly it is much easier for police to let the court system decide the outcome of a case, then to close an investigation without filing charges. We have seen numerous murder cases where the defendant should have never been charged in the first place. Even if these cases are ultimately dismissed, the defendants are never given the justice they deserve. This is all the more reason why it is so important to hire a lawyer before charges are filed. It can take months and even years to defend a murder case in the court system, but an aggressive lawyer will do whatever it takes to keep the case out of court. The Herbst Firm is standing by to provide aggressive and skilled representation to any defendant charged with the crimes under the Maryland homicide statute. Whether it be murder, attempted murder, or manslaughter, we are available 24 hours a day to discuss your case. Call the firm directly at 410-207-2598 or fill out the contact form to speak with a defense lawyer today.