Even Those Convicted of Murder are Innocent until Proven Guilty
When you are charged with a crime it would no longer matter if the offense you are being charged with is minor or major. Whatever case it is you will definitely need a strong defense from a highly competent criminal defense lawyer who fully understands the law and is well experienced in courtroom scenes.
Since not all criminal attorneys have the same level of expertise and amount of experience, you will have to choose well. Remember that what you need is a strong defense and substantial evidences that will help you earn an acquittal. This is especially true if you are being accused of a major offense, like murder, for example.
Aside from theft, robbery, DUI and possession and/or distribution of illegal drugs, homicide or murder is another very serious crime. Though homicide and murder are often used interchangeably. The scope of the word ‘homicide,’ however, is broader than murder. While murder refers only to criminal homicide, the term homicide applies to both criminal and non-criminal acts. Non-criminal homicides are those viewed as excusable or justified, such as accidentally killing a person (who is threatening your life) in an act of self-defense or in defense of another.
Because murder is the unjustifiable killing of another individual, it, therefore, deserves severe punishment. Depending on the degree of the act itself and whether you have or do not have a past record, the punishment for murder can be up to 25 years if with clean record or 30 years to life imprisonment if with a serious past offense. The worst punishment for murder is a death sentence; besides this the federal state also does not allow parole for those convicted of this crime.
An interactive database posted in the website of The Wall Street Journal says that between the year 2000 and 2010 about 165,068 murders cases were reported in 50 U.S. states (excluding Florida). The law firm Horst Law lists down seven types of murderous acts:
- First-Degree Murder (capital punishment)
- Second-Degree Murder (Class A felony)
- Voluntary Manslaughter (Class C felony)
- Vehicular Homicide (Classes A-D)
- Assisted Suicide (Class D felony)
- Reckless Homicide (Class D felony)
- Criminally Negligent Homicide (Class E felony)
A murder charge, however, is just that, a charge. With a strong defense from a seasoned criminal defense lawyer, you can have a chance to saving your life from being judged guilty.