Murder is the most serious of crimes, and the punishment for a murder conviction is often crippling. If you are facing murder charges in Minnesota, you need an experienced defense attorney on your side.
Understanding Murder Charges
Put simply, murder is the act of taking another person’s life. It doesn’t always have to be an intentional act. Regardless of the circumstances behind the crime of murder, the defendant will be charged with a felony, and potentially face life in prison.
In most cases, murder will involve one of the following acts:
- An individual intentionally taking the life of another person, whether planned or not; and
- An individual causing the death of another person during the commission of a felony offense.
In the state of Minnesota, there are three different levels of murder charges: first degree, second degree, and third degree.
First-degree murder is the most serious charge, and is punishable by life in prison with no possibility of parole. A first-degree murder charge is typically issued when the act is premeditated. In other words, the defendant planned to kill the victim.
A second-degree murder charge occurs when a defendant intends to kill someone, but did not necessarily plan out the act in advance. This charge is often issued for crimes of passion when a person kills someone during a fight or argument.
Murder in the third degree can be charged any time a defendant is responsible for a person’s death. For example, if a defendant provides drugs that lead to an overdose, he or she can be charged with third-degree murder. A third-degree murder charge can also be issued if the defendant is determined not to be in the right state of mind at the time of the murder.
Regardless of the murder charge, the penalties are incredibly stringent. If you are convicted of any degree of murder, you are likely to spend 25 years, or more, in prison. In order to avoid this harsh fate, you need the best lawyers on your side.
Murder Defense Lawyer
The moment you are arrested for or charged with murder, you need to turn to a qualified defense lawyer for help. Your lawyer will immediately help build the case. That might mean the difference between life in prison and being acquitted. By gathering the necessary evidence, your lawyer will craft a defense that will ensure you get the best outcome to your case. This could be a reduced charge, a lighter punishment, or no conviction at all.
A murder conviction means the end of your life as you know it. In many cases, you will spend the rest of your life behind bars. If you are lucky enough to be released many years down the road, you will find it difficult to adjust to life outside of prison. Most of your relationships will have been destroyed, and you may not be able to find any employment. Rather than suffer from this lifelong punishment, you need a lawyer who can help you.
Always A Free Consultation
If you are charged with murder, you need help from knowlegeable attorneys. At the Brown Law Offices, P.A., we have the experience and knowledge to help you get the best outcome possible. Our attorneys are on your side, and never judge you regardless of guilt or innocence. Don’t let a murder conviction ruin your life. Call us today at 763-323-6555, or complete our online form for a free consultation.