Seattle Homicide Lawyer

Murders today continue to be a top law enforcement concern, but a homicide case is not always a murder case. Murder laws are extremely narrow and precise. Sometimes a criminal homicide is voluntary or involuntary manslaughter or negligent homicide, not murder. Experienced Seattle homicide attorney Kevin Trombold defends Seattle-area clients facing homicide charges that can include murder, voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, attempted murder, negligent homicide, and murder-for-hire. Murders are the most serious crimes dealt with by the state of Washington’s criminal justice system. Although every homicide defense is unique and no particular result can ever be suggested or promised, when your future is genuinely on the line, you must be defended by a lawyer who has experience at obtaining the verdict you need.


Homicide is defined as “the killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or omission of another, death occurring at any time, and is either (1) murder, (2) homicide by abuse, (3) manslaughter, (4) excusable homicide, or (5) justifiable homicide.”

Murder in the first degree is charged when a person:

  • Has a premeditated intent to kill another person and then follows through with causing the death of this person; or
  • Engages in conduct which poses a grave risk to another person’s life and the person dies as a result of this conduct; or
  • Attempts to commit or commits robbery, rape, burglary, arson, or kidnapping and causes the death of another person while doing so.

This crime is a class A felony and is punishable by life in prison.

Aggravated first degree murder, which is the most serious of all homicide charges, occurs when a person commits murder in the first degree, but with extenuating circumstances. The charge will be aggravated first degree murder if the victim was:

  • A law enforcement officer or firefighter who was performing his or her duties at the time of the crime
  • Employed as a news reporter and the crime was committed to hinder an investigation
  • Someone who had a restraining or court order against the accused
  • A judge, juror, former juror, attorney, probation or parole officer

This is a short list of situations that could warrant an aggravated first degree murder charge. There are dozens of other situations that could lead to you being charged with aggravated first degree murder. If you are found guilty of aggravated first degree murder, you may be sentenced to life in prison or even death.

Murder in the second degree is charged when a person:

  • Has intent to cause the death of another person and does cause the death, but with no premeditation to do so; or
  • Attempts to commit or commits a felony crime that is not part of murder in the first degree charges that causes the death of another person.

Second degree murder is also a class A felony in the state of Washington.

Homicide by abuse occurs when someone acts with an indifference to human life and causes the death of a child or person under the age of sixteen, a developmentally disabled person, or a dependent adult. The accused must have also engaged in a pattern of assault or torture towards the child or dependent adult. This crime is also a class A felony and may result in a prison sentence.

Manslaughter in the first degree is caused when a person recklessly causes the death of someone else or intentionally or unlawfully kills an unborn child by inflicting harm on the child’s mother. This crime is also a class A felony.

Manslaughter in the second degree is caused when a person acts with criminal negligence and causes the death of another person as a result. This crime is a class B felony, which is less serious than other homicide charges, but still should not be taken lightly.

Vehicular homicide is defined as a death caused by a motor vehicle. The driver may be convicted of vehicular homicide if he or she causes a death because he or she is driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or driving without regard to the safety of others. This crime is charged as a class A felony, and the punishment may vary greatly depending on the specific circumstances.

If you have been charged with murder, manslaughter, or homicide by abuse, don’t wait to contact an experienced Seattle homicide attorney at the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold. The sooner that you contact the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, the sooner you can have a team of knowledgeable attorneys defending your rights and fighting for the best possible outcome for your case.


By far, the majority of homicides are not murders in the state of Washington. If you are accused of taking someone’s life, it may have happened accidentally, or you may have been acting to defend yourself and/or others. In the greater Seattle area, if you are charged with committing any homicide, experienced Seattle homicide attorney Kevin Trombold will review the particulars of your case and develop an aggressive, formidable homicide defense on your behalf. Attorney Kevin Trombold has for Seattle-area clients for more than twenty years. He is thoroughly familiar with the homicide law and the laws on murder in this state. His reputation and record speak for themselves.

Seattle Homicide Attorney


A homicide charge is perhaps the most severe criminal charge you can face. In fact, a homicide charge can ruin your life unless you get the right help fast from the right criminal defense attorney. Experienced Seattle criminal defense attorney Kevin Trombold and his legal staff work swiftly and aggressively to investigate homicides and protect the rights of clients. With over twenty years of experience and a reputation for legal excellence respected by Seattle-area judges, prosecutors, and peers, defense attorney Kevin Trombold routinely wins not guilty verdicts, dismissals, and reduced charges. If you are charged with a homicide in or near the Seattle area, contact the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold by calling 206-382-9200 as quickly as possible for a no-cost initial consultation.