Homicide Defense Attorney in Atlanta
Defense for Various Types of Homicide
Homicide, defined under 18 U.S.C. § 1111 as the unlawful killing of
another human being, is one of the most serious of all criminal charges.
The law distinguished between two types of homicide:
manslaughter. Both are very serious crimes, and a conviction carries severe penalties.
Murder is defined as an intentional or premeditated homicide. In other words,
this is where one person has planned to harm and kill another. There are
different types of murder charges, and depending on the circumstances
of the case, can result in a lifetime prison sentence or even the death penalty.
Manslaughter, on the other hand, is an unintentional homicide. Unlike murder, manslaughter
is not a premeditated crime, and can fall under one of two subdivisions:
voluntary manslaughter, which requires reasonable provocation and includes actions made in the
"heat of passion", and
involuntary manslaughter, under which accidental deaths usually are classified. Depending on the
circumstances of the case, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter can
include penalties of 1-20 years in prison and hefty fines.
With the penalties for homicide being so serious, a conviction could have
a long-lasting impact on your future. If you are facing any type of homicide
charges, it is urgent that you contact an experienced homicide lawyer
as soon as possible. By working with a reputable federal criminal defense
attorney, you will improve your chances of a successful outcome and you
may be able to have the charges dropped or reduced.
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Homicide Defense Strategies
Lawyers can employ different strategies to defend their clients against
homicide charges. Some of the most common legal defenses for homicide include:
Justifiable homicide. The law can excuse justifiable homicides, and if this defense is proven,
the defendant could have their charges dropped without facing any punishment.
Justifiable homicides include those made in self-defense or defense of
property, under duress or necessity, or to prevent a crime.
Inability to intentionally kill. In this defense, it must be proven that the defendant is unable to understand
that they have a duty not to take a life, or is otherwise unable to act
on that duty. If successful, this defense could result in a reduced sentence.
This defense includes pleas of insanity, intoxication, and diminished
capacity (temporary insanity). The defendant will still face prison time,
or if proven insane, will instead be sent to a mental institution.
Reasonable mistake. This defense hinges on proving the defendant lacked the knowledge that
the killing was illegal and unjustified. This can include mistakes of
fact and entrapment by law enforcement.
Murder Defense Lawyer
At The Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub, P.C., we fight to protect the
rights and futures of our clients. We know how important it is to you
to avoid a homicide conviction. When you come to our office, we will interview
you about every aspect of your situation to help you determine the best
strategy for your defense. We will work tirelessly to provide you with
the support that you need during this difficult time.
Contact an Atlanta homicide lawyer from our firm today to learn more about how we may be able to help your case.