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What Are The Benefits Of Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer For My Homicide Case?

When you are the accused person of a homicide, it is essential to have the right legal representation for your case. You should hire a private criminal defense lawyer if you have the financial means to pay for a lawyer. Otherwise, you will be appointed with a public defender for your case. A criminal defense attorney will develop an effective defense strategy for your case. It is important that a homicide lawyer is able to prove that you murdered a person due to circumstances that compelled you, and that the murder was not premeditated. Under 18 U.S.C. §111, murder is defined as the killing of a human being with "malice aforethought."

Proving Your Circumstances

There are many examples when a person may be compelled to kill another person. A police officer may unintentionally shoot at someone who he or she believes has a gun. The victim may die as a result of the unintentional fire shot. A person may be driving his or her car and may hit a mentally unstable elderly person who suddenly runs out into the road. These are all scenarios when an innocent person has unintentionally killed another innocent victim. A defense attorney will prove that you are not to blame in your homicide case and will work to dismiss your charges.

Decrease Your Charges

A homicide lawyer can also decrease your charges. Second degree murder carries a charge of anywhere from 15 years to life in prison. Homicide cases will often go to trial due to the consequences that these sentences have on a person's life. These cases are often very intense, and the prosecution will do whatever it can to obtain a conviction of the perpetrator of the crime. Because the prosecution team will aggressively pursue your conviction, you need to hire a lawyer who can proactively defend you in court.

Benefits Of Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer

A criminal defense lawyer will work aggressively to dismiss your case. He or she will do all of the following in your case:

  • Interview witnesses
  • Interview other suspects
  • Obtain police reports and other important documents
  • File necessary documentation with the court

A criminal defense lawyer can be your best ally during this difficult time.