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Murder Charges in Pennsylvania
Murder charges can often provoke a media frenzy. Such cases can be tried based on emotions and not the facts. If you have been charged with a felony murder in Philadelphia, the severity of the charge could result in a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty. The prosecution must prove criminal intent beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of proof is on them to decipher your frame of mind at the time of the crime. Did you kill someone else by mistake? Perhaps it was self-defense? There are many cases in which a life has be taken without intent. The complexities and challenges of a murder charge in Philadelphia requires a seasoned criminal defense attorney.
First and Second Degree Murder
In the Commonwealth, first degree murder is an unlawful killing that was premeditated and willful. It is the most serious crime prosecuted in the state of Pennsylvania. The minimum sentence is life in prison without parole. The state, in some cases, will seek the death penalty.
Second degree murder is a charge that occurred while the person was engaged as a principal or an accomplice in the perpetration of a felony. If the death was caused by the person or an accomplice during the act of a felony, even if it was an accident, the penalty is life in prison without parole.
A Skilled Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer
Our Philadelphia criminal defense attorney will make sure your rights are protected and that the letter of the law is followed. As a former prosecutor, William Spade is highly experienced on how Pennsylvania will pursue murder charges. This gives our firm an advantage in preparing your tailored murder defense. William has over twenty years defending murder cases in Philadelphia, and will put his experience to work for you. Murder charges demand the skill of a bold criminal defense attorney who will not back down. Many viable defenses exist, from mistaken identity, witness coercion, ballistics, and forensics. If you are accused of murder in Philadelphia, you have rights. We will fiercely cross examine all witnesses and review every angle of the case from the bottom up. When you are facing murder charges, your life is on the line. Do not make any statement to police. Any comment you say, can and will be held against you in a court of law. Many times, the police will take this chance because you are shaken and scared to get you to talk. Contact our office today for a free consult so that we can review your case. We will go over all likely outcomes and decide how to best move forward in your defense.
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At the Law Office of William Spade, our veteran murder defense lawyer will fight with fervor to have your charge dismissed or mitigated.