BRITNY’S LAW IN NORTH CAROLINA
What should I know about “Britny’s Law”?
Governor Cooper signed “Britney’s Law” on Tuesday June 11, 2017. The purpose of the law is to make it easier for prosecutors in the State to charge domestic violence perpetrators of first degree murder if they eventually kill their significant other.
What is first degree murder?
First degree murder is a murder committed after the murderer spent some time thinking about commission of the murder. It is the highest level of murder charge in North Carolina.
How does it make the first degree murder charge easier?
The law allows prosecutors to use a history of domestic violence by a perpetrator against a murder victim as evidence of premeditation. Premeditation is a requirement for the charge of first degree murder.
What else should I know?
Domestic violence is a serious issue, and one we shouldn’t ignore. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic violence please encourage them to seek assistance.