Richmond Murder Defense Lawyer

Defending Clients Charged with Murder in Richmond

A murder charge is not only one of the most serious criminal charges someone can face, it's also one of the most complex and difficult cases to both prosecute and defend. Successful strategies from both sides of the legal aisle have inspired countless books, films, TV shows and music. Because of this, legal terms like "reasonable doubt", "premeditation", "self defense" and "malice aforethought" have become general knowledge in our culture and society. What else has become widely known in society is the fact that being charged with murder, especially 1st degree murder, requires the best possible legal representation available. If you or someone you love has been charged murder or attempted murder, forget about the movies. You need to contact a Richmond criminal defense attorney right away to find out all of your options and what they represent.

Murder, Manslaughter and Homicide: What's the Difference?

It might surprise most people to learn that the term homicide, under the law, does not mean murder. Instead, the law defines homicide as is the killing of one person by the act or negligence of another person. And while murder and manslaughter are types of criminal homicide under the law, not all homicides are crimes.

What's missing then? How does a homicide become a criminal act?

In order for a homicide to be criminal under the law, the offender (and this should sound familiar) must intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or negligently caused the death of another person. Murder and manslaughter fall under this criminal category with murder being the more serious of the two crimes. Murder and manslaughter are further divided into degrees with the 1st degree offense ranking as the highest with a maximum penalty of life in prison of the death penalty depending on the state in which the files were charged.

If you're facing murder charges, you know how serious it is, and what an important decision you have to make when it comes to legal representation for your case. Contact a seasoned Richmond murder defense lawyer from The Law Office of Debra D. Corcoran immediately.

If you've been charged with murder, contact a Richmond murder defense attorney at our firm today!