If you are charged with any form of murder, you need the skill of an Experienced and Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer


Murder Involves the Killing of One Individual by Another

While the exact definition of the crime varies depending on the jurisdiction, the consequences of a murder conviction are severe. Many courts distinguish between murder such as 1st Degree which is viewed as a premeditated crime, 2nd Degree which is not premeditated and manslaughter, which is a less serious offense, so it is important to have an experienced and aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney on your side.

How Homicides are Classified in Michigan

  • First degree murder – Planned or premeditated murder
  • Second degree murder – Intentional, reckless killing that was not premeditated
  • Voluntary manslaughter – Passion killing, when someone is killed in the heat of the moment
  • Involuntary manslaughte r – The killing was a complete accident, but caused directly by the actions of another person. Ford instance, shooting at a target in the back yard and accidently killing your neighbor
  • Vehicular manslaughter – When negligent driving actions directly cause the death of another person

Defenses to a Charge of Murder

There may be numerous defenses in a murder case to improve the outcome, including: self-defense, insufficient proof or evidence, factual innocence, insanity, and more. An experienced Defense Lawyer will gather evidence in your favor and, depending on the facts may be able get the charges reduced or even dismissed A Criminal Defense Attorney will work to reduce any penalties you ay face, negotiate with the Prosecutor, and devise other strategies to improve the outcome of your case. Probably not the best time to go it alone.


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