Homicide and Murder Lawyer in Rochester, NY
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney King
Arguably the most severe of all criminal offenses, homicide or murder accusations
immediately cast the alleged perpetrator in a negative light. If you are
being accused of committing homicide, whether it is planned or caused
by negligence, you need to be aware that the public eye and the criminal
justice system of New York State may have already determined that you
are guilty, despite whatever evidence may or may not be present. At The
Law office of Robert King, our Rochester criminal defense attorney is
fully aware of the might of the prosecution, and is fully prepared to
take it on for you.
No one should have to stand alone before the judge and jury.
Contact us today to get the help you need.
Varying Degrees of Homicide Charges
Not all homicide charges are the same. Depending on the circumstances,
such as who has lost their life and why, a homicide charge can be broken
down into distinct categories. Your chances in court hinge on the actual
sort of homicide of which you are being accused.
If you are accused of homicide, you could be charged with:
First-degree murder: The most severe form of homicide, first-degree murder involves planning
to take another’s life and then intentionally doing so.
Second-degree murder: Taking another’s life intentionally but without premeditation. This
is sometimes called a “crime of passion” as it is often seen
in cases where the alleged murderer was incensed or provoked to the point
of losing reasoning, which may be used as a defense strategy.
Manslaughter: Generally used to describe cases in which the homicide was completely unintentional,
such as vehicular manslaughter in a
car accident, but was still caused by criminal actions or negligence. If the criminal
actions were done voluntarily, it might be called third-degree murder.
Legal homicide: To defend yourself or another from serious bodily harm, the act of killing
another and committing homicide could actually be considered legal. Known
more commonly as self-defense, this may prove to be the best argument
for your case.
Harsh Penalties for Homicide Convictions
If you are convicted of homicide, the legal punishments you could be facing
will ultimately vary depending on the details of your case, especially
the degree of murder in question. There is no lenient form of punishment,
as involuntary manslaughter could still cause you to face years in state
prison and thousands in fines. If you are convicted of first-degree murder,
you can expect a sentence of at least 20 years in prison, up to lifetime
incarceration with no chance of parole.
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Leading a normal life after being accused of a
violent crime as severe as murder can be a challenge, even if you are not convicted.
To ensure that you are doing all you can to defend your rights and uphold
your reputation, allow Rochester Criminal Defense Attorney Robert King
stand by your side and represent you in court. Need more convincing? Take
a moment to browse his history of successful
case results and then
contact us to learn more.