The key element in any murder charge is that the accused unlawfully killed another with what is known as "malice aforethought". This means that an individual developed and had the intention to take another person's life before carrying out the act. It comes under the heading of a violent crime and carries with it some of the most severe punishments in our legal system. It is vital, therefore, that a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately be retained to begin working in your defense.

In our firm, the Law Office of Laura M. Petty, we have successfully defended clients accused of murder, including multiple death penalty cases. As in many fields, experience is irreplaceable when it comes to the practice of law, especially when it comes to crimes such as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, rape and others. If you, or a loved one, has been charged with murder, you are going to want someone who treats you with the respect you deserve. You are also going to want someone who understands the legal system and how to put it to work for you.

Defense in Murder Cases

Murder cases can be complex and prosecutors are going to have to prove malice aforethought from your actions. Their evidence or testimony can be incorrect or insufficient to prove your guilt. Sometimes, police use illegal or improper methods in order to obtain evidence. We operate on the principle that an individual is innocent until proven guilty. At times, a person accused of murder simply didn't do it. Actions taken in self-defense can be misconstrued as murder. The prosecution's case can be weak, which may be to your advantage in negotiating reduced charges.

Prison terms of 15 years, 25 years or life can be imposed on a person found guilty of murder. In certain situations, an individual can be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The worst case scenario is a sentence for the death penalty. Let our extensive experience go to work for you in the aggressive fight for your freedoms.