What To Do If You Are Charged With a Homicide Related Crime
Some of the most heinous and devastating crimes involve homicide and they are a threat to the safety and well-being of individuals and society as a whole. The consequences of homicide related crimes are far reaching, affecting not only the victim and their loved ones, but the community at large. For defense firms, understanding the complexities of crimes related to homicide cases is critical to ensuring that their clients are protected.
Oftentimes, it is the job of a defense attorney to take in the totality of the circumstances, piecing together a number of facts to diligently build a strong case for their client. Cases such as these tend to be incredibly elaborate due to investigatory bias being brought in by detectives, a failure to consider other suspects and other factors, and an enormous amount of information in general.
Hiring a lawyer as soon as you learn that you are being investigated, arrested, or charged with a homicide-related crime is one of the most important decisions you can take to protect yourself. Understanding your rights such as your right to remain silent and receive representation is critical to ensuring that you receive a procedurally fair case process.
Having an attorney that is skilled and knowledgeable about your constitutional rights as well as knowing the state’s statutes and regulations will greatly enhance your chances for a more favorable outcome. While homicide related crimes are commonly occurring, it carries extremely serious penalties. The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer has experience handling these kinds of cases and will put in the time to diligently work on such a complex case.
What is Homicide?
Homicide is defined as the act of killing another human being by the way of murder, abuse, and or manslaughter as stated in the Revised Code of Washington. Due to the seriousness of these crimes most of these charges are classified as Class A felonies, carrying serious life altering-penalties.
Murder in the 1st Degree: Murder in the First Degree is the most egregious form of murder, defined as a premeditated intent to cause death to another person. Often referred to as a crime of passion which can be charged along with other crimes such as arson, burglary, robbery, kidnapping or rape. It is important to note that since this is considered one of the most serious crimes it will typically be prosecuted with the most prejudice. Murder in the First Degree is considered a Class A Felony which carries penalties that range up to life in prison and $50,000.00 in fines.
Murder in the 2nd Degree: Murder in the Second Degree is categorized as intentionally killing another person without premeditation or through the reckless disregard for others. Murder in the Second Degree is a Class A Felony which comes with penalties that range up to life in prison and $50,000.00 in fines.
Homicide by Abuse: Homicide by Abuse is defined as Displaying a pattern of abuse such as assault or torture toward a developmentally disabled, dependent adult, or child under the age of 16 which results in the death of that person. Homicide by Abuse is classified as a Class A Felony which may carry penalties that range up to life in prison and $50,000.00 in fines.
Manslaughter in the 1st Degree: Manslaughter in the First Degree is classified as a reckless disregard for the safety of others which results in the death of another person. Intentionally killing or inflicting injury upon a pregnant mother which results in the death of their unborn child may also fall under this category. Manslaughter in the First Degree is a Class A Felony, punishable by up to $50,000.00 in fines and a sentence up to life in prison.
Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree: Manslaughter in the Second Degree is considered as causing the death of another person due to negligence. This is considered a Class B Felony, carrying up to 10 years and prison and up to $20,000.00 in fines.
What can we do for you?
Being charged with any of these crimes can be an incredibly strenuous and taxing circumstance to find yourself in. It is of the utmost importance that you do not talk to any law enforcement or officials without representation such as a lawyer as they will take what you say and use it against you in a court of law. The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer has incredibly experienced and skilled attorneys that will lead and advise you through these trying times.
Protect your freedom and future by giving the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer a call at (360)-371-6813 today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.