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How can an attorney help with homicide and murder charges?

By Spodek Law Group | October 16, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 17, 2023)

Last Updated on: 17th October 2023, 06:54 pm


How an Attorney Can Help with Homicide and Murder Charges

Being accused of homicide or murder is an incredibly serious and life-altering situation. The stakes are so high that having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can make all the difference. Here’s an overview of how an attorney can help if you or a loved one is facing these types of charges.

Assessing the Charges

There are different degrees of homicide charges, ranging from manslaughter to first-degree murder. The attorney will analyze the specific charges brought and determine if they are appropriate based on the circumstances and evidence. This analysis can uncover opportunities to get charges reduced or even dismissed.

For instance, a charge of first-degree murder requires premeditation. But if the evidence better supports a crime of passion, the charge may be negotiable down to voluntary manslaughter. The punishment and sentencing differs greatly between these charges, so having an attorney who can effectively negotiate is critical.

If found guilty at trial, the defense lawyer’s job isn’t done. Especially in murder cases, they will advocate for the minimum sentence allowed by law. This may involve presenting mitigating factors like the defendant’s mental health issues, lack of criminal history, or difficult childhood.

The attorney understands the complex sentencing guidelines and will fight to reduce the prison time as much as possible. They may also raise any procedural or constitutional issues that could result in an appeal to overturn or reduce the conviction.

Considering Appeals

Receiving a guilty verdict for homicide or murder does not necessarily mean the case is over. An experienced criminal appeals attorney can evaluate whether there are grounds for an appeal. This could include things like ineffective assistance of counsel, improperly admitted evidence, lack of probable cause, and more.

If any legal or procedural mistakes were made in the case, the appeals lawyer will leverage those to try to get the conviction overturned or sentence reduced. While appeals are not always successful, they are an avenue the defense will carefully explore.

Finding the Right Attorney

When such high stakes are on the line, it’s crucial to have the right homicide defense lawyer in your corner. Look for an attorney who has extensive experience specifically with murder and manslaughter cases. It’s also key that they have a proven track record of positive outcomes.

Truly listening to the accused’s side of the story with compassion is also important. The lawyer needs to be willing to thoroughly investigate the facts rather than assume guilt. It’s also essential that communication is open so the defendant can make well-informed decisions.

Dealing with homicide and murder charges is overwhelming. But having a knowledgeable and dedicated defense attorney lightens that burden through every step of the legal process.


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