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North Carolina Criminal Lawyer: The Crime of Suicide

Historically, suicide – if unsuccessful – was punishable as a crime. Actually, in Europe, a person who committed suicide could be “punished” by being denied a burial in a typical cemetery and by having at least some of his property go to the King.

At common law, in North Carolina, suicide remained a crime. However, North Carolina has abolished that law, and so people who attempt suicide and fail are not punished as criminals.

Here’s the statute:

N.C.G.S. 14-17.1. Crime of suicide abolished.
The common-law crime of suicide is hereby abolished as an offense.

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