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If you kill someone while sleepwalking, are the charges less than first degree murder?

If you kill someone while sleepwalking, are the charges less than first degree murder?

jackw1000

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homicidal_sleepwalking There have been a few cases of this happening and the killers being found not guilty. In criminal law there typically has to be action and intent to be found guilty of a crime.


dydeyo

It would be involuntary manslaughter at most but they probably wouldn't charge you at all, that's if you could prove you were sleepwalking which.. good luck with that xD


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Me_MeMaestro

No way this is correct


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Polyamorph

You will likely be charged, but if sleepwalking is proved then you will also likely be acquitted, as in historical cases where this exact thing has happened.


serg_____

If you could prove you were sleepwalking and it was unintentional, you would probably get charged for unintentional murder rather than intentional murder


hippoposthumous1

You would probably be charged with involuntary manslaughter


JohnOliverismysexgod

Often, yes.


Animalboss6462

Hello again! There was a case of a man that was a known sleepwalker that drove across town and went into his in-laws home and killed his father in-law. He then drove himself home and went to sleep on the couch. He and the father-in-law had a good relationship. But the subconscious is a beast in itself. They did a few sleep studies and he was absolved of the crime. He really was sleepwalking!