Colorado Springs Attempted Murder Defense Attorneys
The crime of attempted murder is charged when a person intends to take the life of another, but fails to accomplish it. As with murder, attempted murder is one of the most serious charges a person can face and the penalties are extreme. Attempted murder is two-fold: intention and action. The only difference between murder and attempted murder is that with attempted murder, the attempt failed.
With attempted murder, the prosecution must prove that the defendant made steps towards killing the intended victim. If a person just prepared to commit the crime, it is not attempted murder. One must actually take a “direct step” in taking a life. There is a main difference between preparation and perpetration that must be noted. One can talk about, think about and plan in any way the crime, but if there is no action that puts the plan in motion, there is no attempted murder.
With regards to intention, there is never an “accident” in attempting murder. The prosecution must prove specific intention. However, intention can be quite complex. If you have intent to act, you are seeking out the steps that are a pre-requisite to action. If intent to kill is present, the accused must not merely intend to harm, but to kill. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, sometimes this is hard to prove.
The following are actions that qualify for attempted murder:
- Stalking the victim with the hopes of committing murder
- Luring the victim to a specific place that would make it possible to commit murder
- Breaking into a home where the victim is thought to be
- Collecting supplies and configuring resources necessary to follow through with murder
- Convincing a hitman to commit the murder
There are a couple of main defenses for attempted murder:
- Impossibility: the accused claims that even if everything happened as planned, the murder couldn’t have been committed anyway.
- Withdrawal: the accused took a direct step towards attempting murder, but never followed through with the plan
The punishments for attempted murder are extremely harsh. For anyone facing this charge, having a capable and proven attorney is crucial. Our deep understanding of the law and years of experience handling murder charges will give you the best shot at an acquittal. Contact us online or call 719-227-0230 today to see how we can help you.