The killing of another person is a serious crime. That is an understatement. Murder and manslaughter are forms of homicide that can lead to serious consequences if a conviction occurs. Incarceration is a certainty and so is probation. Other penalties may include fines, restitution, and there is always the possibility of a civil lawsuit from the victim’s family.
Along with the criminal penalties, your personal and professional reputations likely plunge in the eyes of society. If you have been charged with homicide, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights while seeking a resolution.
Getting the charges reduced or dismissed
In helping your case, an attorney will pursue and consider any number of defenses that include:
- Falsely accused/wrong person charged: Culprits may have eluded authorities in cases such as hit-and-runs or drive-by shootings, while investigators arrest and charge an innocent person. Or overzealous law enforcement officers fingered you by planting evidence.
- Insufficient evidence: Prosecutors may not have the evidence or witness support to obtain a conviction or performed a less-than-thorough investigation.
- Self-defense: Considered a justified homicide if an aggressor attacks you and you defend yourself.
- Insanity: Mental illness may have played a factor in the crime, leading to an insanity plea and extensive treatment.
Prosecutors are persistent in seeking convictions in homicide cases. That is why if accused of such a crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. Such a legal advocate negotiates to get the charges reduced or dismissed and will pursue litigation if necessary.