Homicide Criminal Defense in Oakland County
If you are facing homicide charges, then your future is at stake. This crime carries harsh penalties, including life in prison. It is imperative you hire Attorney J. Dallo to represent you in court. Remember, everyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. This means you still have rights, one of which is to defend yourself against the charges. I can evaluate the details of your case and form an appropriate defense strategy to either fight for acquittal or lessen the extent of your punishment.
As an attorney, I have the know-how and experience needed to provide a unique approach to each homicide case. I understand the complexity of your situation and will work hard to give you hope and ensure your rights are not violated.
Types of Homicide and Their Penalties
Homicide, also known as murder, involves the killing of another person. However, this crime is not always straightforward. There are a number of different types of homicide, each carrying different penalties. The type of murder charge you are facing will play a huge part in the defense strategy I craft. The following are the primary types of murder charges and associated penalties.
What sets this charge apart from the rest and makes it the most severe is intent. First-degree murder in the state of Michigan is premeditated. This could mean a premeditated killing or murder that occurred during the act of another crime such as robbery, child abuse, arson, or kidnapping. It also includes the murder of an on-duty peace officer. If found guilty, this charge is punishable by life in prison without the eligibility of parole.
A second-degree murder charge involves the intentional but not premeditated killing of another person, or murder as a result of the reckless disregard for life. An example could be an intentional assault on another person that results in death. Or, the accused may have accidentally killed someone due to intentional reckless behavior. In Michigan, the penalty for second-degree murder is imprisonment for a term the court sees fit. This could even mean life in prison.
Voluntary and Involuntary Manslaughter
Both of these charges involve the killing of another person without malice. A voluntary manslaughter charge results when a person commits murder in the heat of passion. Involuntary manslaughter, on the other hand, is unintentional and usually the result of negligence. DUI manslaughter is an example of this. In Michigan, a manslaughter charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison or by a fine of up to $7,500.
Defending Against a Homicide Charge
If you have been charged with murder, then I will need to evaluate your case to determine the best plan of action. Then, an extensive investigation will need to take place. This involves speaking to witnesses, looking at all the evidence, and ensuring your rights were not violated during the arrest or interrogation. For manslaughter charges, the best approach may be to plead guilty and negotiate for a lighter sentence. However, defending against more serious homicide charges could involve:
- Proving self-defense – If the homicide resulted from using deadly force to defend yourself or someone else against perceived death, harm, or sexual attack, then the charges could be dropped.
- Proving insanity – One insanity defense involves proving mental illness, which means you would serve your sentence in a mental hospital. The other involves proving your mental state prevented you from understanding your actions.
I may also try to suppress the evidence used against you in court. This includes physical evidence that was seized by the police illegally. Physical evidence can also be suppressed if it was tampered with or improperly collected. In addition, if the police failed to read you your rights or obtained statements from you illegally, anything you said may be suppressed. Once either physical evidence or your statements are suppressed, the prosecuting attorney cannot use them as supporting factors in their case against you.
Contact a Michigan Homicide Defense Attorney for a Free Consultation
Regardless of the type of homicide charge you are up against, it is crucial you take advantage of my experience handling murder cases. Even if you feel like there is no way to secure a verdict in your favor, I may be able to discover holes in your case. It is important to remember that getting arrested for murder does not mean you have been convicted. My skilled representation could play a huge part in the outcome of your case. I know what it takes to successfully defend against a homicide charge. Contact me at (248) 283-7000 for help today.