There are few charges more serious than being accused of murder. If you are under investigation or are the loved one of someone who has been charged, it is imperative that you engage the services of a high-quality criminal defense attorney at once. There are many matters that must be addressed. The first and foremost is the protection of one’s rights. Any questioning by the authorities should be in the presence of an attorney from Ilkhanoff & Silverstein. The accused may be completely innocent, but this does not ensure that they will be found innocent or that the charges against them dismissed.
The criminal justice system is extremely tough. If you or a loved one has been charged, it indicates that the prosecutor believes there is enough evidence to get a conviction. This is an extremely dangerous legal situation and requires an aggressive approach from a seasoned criminal defense attorney that knows the system and knows how to help you fight back. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.
First-Degree Murder Charges
First-degree murder allows for the death penalty in cases of aggravated murder. The elements in such a case include the murder of a:
- Police officer
- Corrections officers
If the person accused is believed to have paid another person to commit a murder, the charge will be first-degree murder. Another issue that could lead to charges of first-degree murder is when a person has been held hostage, held ransom or was killed during the hijacking of a plane or other aircraft.
A person who was scheduled as a witness in a felony crime who it is alleged was killed to make it impossible for their testimony to be presented will also be charged with first-degree murder. Cases involving death that took place during the commission of another felony or the death occurred through torture also are capital murder cases.
Defense in Murder Cases
We treat all of our clients with the utmost respect, no matter what charges they face. In the case of a murder charge, the first action we will engage upon is a full evaluation of all of the evidence gathered. One’s case may have serious flaws, and we are intent on identifying these areas, as the issue of reasonable doubt could not be more important in a murder trial. The burden of proof lies with the prosecutor.
Our duty is to present evidence that could open the door to reasonable doubt, whether to seek a reduced charge, dismissed the charge or an acquittal at trial. Whether a case of mistaken identity, a completely false accusation, or the death was the result of an act of self-defense, we will search deeply into every aspect of the case to identify a viable strategy for defense.
Contact an experienced criminal defense law firm
For decades, Ilkhanoff & Silverstein has defended the rights of the accused. Their life is on the line and we recognize how significant this legal matter can be. We work tirelessly for every client. Contact us immediately if you are the target of a murder investigation or have been charged with the crime. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein.