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Since the stakes are so incredibly high in terms of potential punishment, a charge of homicide requires the skills of a licensed attorney. From the minute that you are arrested, it is imperative to have a lawyer on your side - and that you use that lawyer to communicate with the authorities as needed. Otherwise, you seriously increase your odds of being convicted of the most severe charges under the law.
Protect Your Rights When Charged with Murder
The police are there to investigate crimes and to make charges; they are not there to defend your rights, or to try your case in a court of law. Homicide carries such a myriad of serious penalties - up to and including life in prison, or even the death penalty - that legal representation is imperative right off the bat. A criminal defense lawyer who specializes in homicide cases can help minimize the chances of being convicted of the most serious charges, and of receiving a lighter sentence if convicted.
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