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Possible defense strategies in first-degree murder cases

| Oct 23, 2016 | Criminal Defense

First-degree murder charges are pressed if a person is accused of killing someone with preplanned intent to commit the crime. Anyone found guilty of a first-degree murder could spend the rest of their life in prison, and that is not even the worst punishment. The defendant might have to face death row in states that allow capital punishment. Defense attorney’s use different techniques to handle first-degree murder cases and try to get their clients exonerated by the court.

Defense attorney’s use two different options when defending a first-degree murder case. The first option is to establish that the defendant did not commit the crime. In these cases, the defense attorney usually argues that there was no way their client could have committed this crime. An alibi witness may be presented to prove that the defendant was elsewhere while the crime was being committed. The defense might also try to bring forward another suspect. This puts doubts in the mind of the judge and jury, making it difficult for the prosecution to focus on the defendant.

In some cases, the defendant admits to committing the murder but refuses to accept first-degree murder charges. This means that the defendant killed the other person, but did not have the intention of doing so. Using such a strategy means that the defense needs to produce evidence. The evidence must show that the defendant did not mean to commit the crime deliberately. Legal justifications for homicides include self-defense, defending someone else or an insanity defense.

If you are facing first-degree murder charges, contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. The earlier the attorney can go through the facts of your case, the better chance of you getting exonerated.