Defense Against Murder Charges
Aggressive New York City Criminal Defense Lawyers
Homicide refers to the killing of one person by another. While some types
of homicide may not be considered
criminal acts, such as when it used for self-defense, there are other types that are
and can be punished under New York laws.
Manslaughter and murder are two examples of such. When prosecutors try
these cases, they are looking for the elements of the crime to determine
which legal definition they fall under. What distinguishes murder, in
particular, from manslaughter, is that the act is considered a planned,
We advocate on behalf of individuals throughout Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx,
Manhattan, Rockland County and Westchester County.
Understanding Malice Aforethought
The central element of intent. Prosecutors have the burden of proving that
the accused person was fully aware of the crime they were about to commit
and acted in a way to deliberately cause harm. This is the idea behind
“malice aforethought,” or criminal intent. Malice aforethought
always applies to first-degree murder charges
Malice aforethought may also apply if the following are proven:
- The accused person intentionally wanted to cause bodily harm to cause death
- The accused acted in a manner that showed careless or reckless disregard
for the life of another
Two Degrees of Murder
Some individuals may be faced with the possibility of second degree murder
charges. There are several ways one may be accused of second degree murder.
- He or she intended to cause another’s death
- He or she demonstrated “reckless” and “depraved indifference”
to another person
- He or she acted alone or with others in the course of another crime in
another crime, which caused the death of another
- He or she caused severe injury to a person 18 or older, or death to an
individual 11 years old or younger
- He or she committed the act while in conjunction with another criminal
If convicted of murder, one could face severe penalties, which may include
imprisonment terms (up to life imprisonment for first degree charges),
heavy fines, and restitution to victims. Facing
violent crime charges?
It is imperative that you seek legal counsel from our New York City criminal
defense attorneys as quickly as possible.
Get a Former Prosecutor Working for You in Queens
Musa-Obregon & Associates
possesses a collective 100 years of experience. We also have a former prosecutor on our team, which means we are highly
qualified, dedicated to the practice of criminal defense and understand
the courtroom from both sides. To fight murder charges, you need tough,
hard-hitting defense, but also compassion and knowledge to help you. That's
where we come in.
With so much at stake, you cannot afford to waste another second. Fight now and
call our New York criminal defense attorneys!