There are fewer charges in the system more destructive than those dealing with murder cases. If you or a loved one have been arrested and are being confronted with serious punishments, it’s in your best interest to seek out an experienced murder attorney like Patrick Grozinger with Grozinger Law, P.A.. Not all cases are cut and dry, and there’s bound to be multiple opportunities for you to avoid jail time, but it takes a lawyer with an aggressive approach. It’s important to know the various charges you may encounter at the time of your arrest.
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Types of Homicide (Murder)
As we said, there are different types of crimes that can be committed, and depending on the level of offense, there will be an entirely unique approach to your defense. The levels are:
- First Degree Murder
- Second Degree Murder
- Third Degree Murder
- DUI Manslaughter
- Vehicular Homicide
It’s not uncommon that most people would confuse any number of these for another, but there are critical differences that make them specialized. In the case of a first degree murder, the accused is found having intentionally killed another person that they had premeditated to kill. The key aspect of this is intent and planning; there was no incidental act, as they had planned to murder the other person(s) well before the incident. Second degree murder includes crimes wherein the arrested party is found intentionally committing a seriously dangerous act and in the process kills another individual; there does not have to be intent involved, which is a substantial difference between the prior charges. Lastly there is murder in the third degree. This is a case wherein there is a non-violent felony that was committed, and you unintentionally killed another person during the act.
When discussing manslaughter, the lines often get blurred. When someone intentionally kills another without premeditation, or there is culpable negligence involved, the accused is found guilty of manslaughter. In the instance of a DUI manslaughter, a death is caused by the influence of alcohol.
Defenses to Homicide or Murder Cases
Perhaps the most common defense, but one of the most successful, is the claim of self-defense from an attack that could have resulted in your own death. While there’s no guarantee of success, if you can show that you were excusable in your killing of another person, you may be able to have your charges reduced or removed altogether.
Another defense method that has seen success is the instance of legal insanity. While this is harder to prove, if the accused can prove they suffer from a mental illness that prevents them from understanding the consequences, then you can show you may not know the difference between right and wrong.
Lastly, there’s the potential for misidentification. This is a lot more common than people believe, but it’s purely reliant upon eyewitness identification. Fully investigating and evaluating the violent crime can bring you the results that you so desperately want.
At Grozinger Law, P.A., it’s our aim to get the best for you. Just because you’ve been arrested for a crime, it does not mean you will be found guilty. Having an experienced lawyer on your side, especially one with homicide experience can truly mean the difference between your freedom and a life of scrutiny. Contact Patrick Grozinger today and see how he can assist you in keeping your life on track.