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Amongst all the different criminal offenses, homicide or murder is usually considered the most heinous crime with the most serious consequences. In some situations, a defendant may receive a life sentence in prison or even the death penalty. Therefore, having an experienced and passionate murder lawyer defend you against murder charges is a necessity. Murder is defined as the intentional unlawful killing of one human being by another human being, and murder is classified according to the level of severity and by degree. First degree murder is a premeditated act while murder in the second degree is committed with intent to kill or cause injury. This serious and complicated criminal offense is classified under the category of homicide.

Murder vs. Homicide
Unlike first or second degree murder, other homicides are offenses that can be justifiable or excusable. In common law, homicide is classified in three ways, the first being justifiable homicide. The legal or authorized killing of another person if intended to prevent a crime, committed in defense of another individual or a simple action taken in the line of duty. The second form, excusable homicide, is committed accidentally or with adequate provocation in line with lawful activity. It is the court’s discretion as to whether a murder is labeled an excusable or justifiable act, as the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death is evaluated. Our murder lawyers look into every single aspect of the murder and intensely analyze the situation in order to develop the proper defenses and valid excuses. The last and most serious category, murder, is the killing of an individual, illegally or without legal justification, placing the charge in two categories; first and second degree murder. Essentially, for criminal homicide to be established as murder, the prosecution must provide supporting evidence to prove that the defendant “intended to kill” the alleged victim.

Murder is a crime that can be committed by a single person or in collaboration with other individuals and could take place during the commission of other crimes that may include burglary, robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping, carjacking or arson. The sentencing of these convictions depend heavily on the nature and intensity of the offense and in large part works in accordance to the evidence. If you have been charged with murder or homicide, it is important that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney that will advise you on your legal options and protect your rights.

Because the conviction of Murder carries such grave consequences, it is required that the prosecution proves the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Evidence in murder trials is the defining factor in the outcome of the case. Therefore, if there is any uncertainty that the defendant did not commit the murder, the defendant should be found not guilty. In many cases, it is possible that the defendant is given a lesser charge such as manslaughter, where the evidence does not show the defendant had a premeditated “intent to kill”. DNA, blood, semen, articles of clothing, and weapons all serve as physical evidence in a murder case but the evidence may also be only circumstantial. There are many ways that a good murder defense attorney can defend someone that is accused of homicide. Our murder lawyers will do whatever it takes to protect your innocence and fight for your freedom.

It takes a highly skilled criminal defense attorney to strategize and devise a defense against a murder charge. Hiring the right criminal lawyer could make the difference between a lifetime of imprisonment or a lifetime of freedom. If you or a loved one has been charged with murder or any other homicide, contact us for a free and completely confidential consultation.

If you want the best in knowledgeable legal representation & a criminal law firm that will treat your case with consideration and concern, please contact us at 919-989-8900 for a FREE confidential consultation.