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Criminal defense for a murder charge requires planning

The death of a child is devastating to most New York parents. They are not supposed to outlive their children, and losing them can leave an emptiness in a family that can never be filled. The situation only gets worse if one of the parents is accused of killing the child. In that case, a well-planned criminal defense may be needed.

One New York man was taken into custody and accused of his daughter's murder. He and the girl's mother had a joint custody arrangement, and the girl was with her father when the girl's nanny found her dead. A final cause of death from the medical examiner has not yet been released, but police suspect the girl died from suffocation. The exact time that she died also remains a mystery.

Police were called to the father's home when he was found with bleeding wrists. He was treated for those injuries and charged with second-degree murder of his own daughter. He entered a plea of not guilty in his first court appearance, and the court denied him bail. If convicted, he could receive a sentence of 25 years to life.

Despite the gravity of the charges, prosecutors must meet the legal burden of proving this man guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court before any conviction may be secured. Before the proceedings reach that point, this man -- like anyone else here in New York or across the country -- retains the right to challenge the charges and any evidence prosecutors intend to present to the court. He may also confront any witnesses against him in court. Under these circumstances, enlisting the advice and assistance of a criminal defense attorney is crucial since the rest of a person's life is at stake when facing charges for second-degree murder.

Source: abc7ny.com, "Father charged with murder after 7-year-old girl found dead in New Rochelle", June 8, 2017

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