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Attempted Murder Charges in Richmond

Defending Cases of Attempted Murder

It can be argued that attempted murder is more difficult to prosecute than murder. Attempted murder, defined under the law as the deliberate and intentional (with extreme disregard for human life) attempt to murder another human being. The offender must also have taken a substantial step toward committing the crime.

In other words, in order for someone to be convicted of attempted murder under the law, the prosecution must prove not only the attempted murder (an action taken toward committing the murder) but the intent behind it. Either way, as challenging as this case may be to prove, it's in your best interest to contact a Richmond criminal defense attorney right away if you or someone you know has been charged with attempted murder.

Attempted Murder Vs. Assault with a Deadly Weapon

In especially violent cases where serious injury was involved, assault with a deadly weapon may be elevated to attempted murder if the injuries are serious or the potential for injury was significant. The penalties for attempted murder conviction can be far more severe than a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, which is also a very serious crime. The severity of the penalties, however, will hinge on whether the attempted murder charge merits a designation of 1st degree or 2nd degree. In either scenario, penalties can include significant prison times, fines, and/or other penalties like probation or restitution.

If you've found your way to this website and you're reading this article on attempted murder, it may be that you or someone you know has been charged with the serious crime of attempted murder. If this is the case, perhaps you're scared or concerned for the future or your family's future. To be honest, you should be scared. This is a very serious charge. If there's any peace of mind to be had in this situation, it's that the right lawyer and a vigorous defense at trial may be your best chance at putting this all behind you. Contact Debra D. Corcoran, Esq. at the firm for a consultation regarding your attempted murder case. Awarded a Masters of Laws in Litigation in 2004, Debra D. Corcoran is an experienced trial attorney who is skilled in handling all types of serious criminal cases.

Contact a Richmond attempted murder defense lawyer right away to review your case and get the advice and answers you desperately need.