Defending Homicide Charges
The firm represents clients accused of charges involving homicide, murder, manslaugther and vehicular manslaughter. In cases where there is no confession, conviction in court often comes down to a battle of the forensic experts and effective cross examination of witnesses.
Preparing for the Trial
Perhaps more than any other criminal charge, a homicide case demands that the criminal attorney defending his client begin preparation for trial from the outset. The evidence can often times go either way in these cases. Confessions in homicide cases are often made after several grueling hours of police interrogation. Because there is more at stake and because a human life has been lost, emotions run high all around and a sleep and food deprived suspect can often be tricked into confessing to a crime he or she did not actually commit. Whether the case goes to trial or not, preparation for trial is crucial. Only a great amount of preparation and attention to detail allows a criminal defense lawyer to marshall the evidence in a light favorable to his client. This marshaling process is required to convince a jury that a defendant is innocent.
The murder trial is the quintessential criminal law trial. However, very few murder criminal cases actually make it to trial. This is because the plea offers often amount to something short of a life sentence, depending on the criminal defendant’s age. Also, it is often difficult to prove a murder charge. There are generally fewer witnesses, no paper trail and less evidence that directly implicates the suspect in a criminal murder case. As a result, the credibility of eye witnesses needs to be investigated and cross examined by the criminal defense lawyer. Similarly, the forensics need to be analyzed by our own team of forensic experts.