Different Levels Of Culpability

In South Carolina, murder is not classified by different degrees of murder. In South Carolina, homicide is defined as causing the death of another without legal justification. Homicide can fall into different levels of culpability and crimes with differing punishments. South Carolina recognizes:

  • Murder: The unlawful killing of another with malice
  • Manslaughter: The intentional killing of another without malice
  • Involuntary Manslaughter: The unintentional killing of another without malice
Myrtle Beach Homicide Attorney

Homicide Defense

Based on the law and facts of a particular case, South Carolina recognizes several defenses:

  • Defense of self or others
  • Accident
  • Castle Doctrine – Protection of Persons and Property Act
  • Act by Law Enforcment
  • Not guilty by reason of insanity
  • Crime committed by a third party (someone else)
  • Act by Law Enforcment

Immediate Representation

If you or someone you love has been, or may be, charged with murder, manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, or reckless homicide, it is crucial to seek immediate representation.  Homicide cases are vigorously investigated by law enforcement, and even if no charges have been filed, it is advisable to seek counsel as soon as possible.  Kirk Truslow has successfully handled and tried to verdict many murder cases through dedicated hard work, investigation, knowledge of the law and drawing on the use of forensic experts where necessary.


If you are the subject of a homicide investigation, or charged with a homicide, contact criminal defense lawyer Kirk Truslow for a free initial consultation.  You can contact Mr. Truslow at his office at  (843) 449-3304 .  Mr. Truslow also personally monitors his email, and you can communicate with him at [email protected]