Murder, also known as homicide, is possibly the most grave charge that can be registered against a person. If convicted, the penalties can range from decades in prison to the death penalty.
Because a person's life and future is at stake, one needs to be represented by the best Colorado homicide defense lawyer. We want that opportunity and will work hard to fully protect the defendant's rights. We will make the strongest possible defense during the entire legal process and make sure the defendant has the best chance of getting the charges reduced or dropped entirely.
Barker and Tolini, P.C., can defend the following charges related to murder and homicide:
- Felony Murder
- Heat of Passion Murder
- Criminally Negligent Homicide
- First Degree Murder
- Second Degree Murder
- Reckless Manslaughter
- Vehicular Homicide
First degree murder is broken down into three elements: willfulness, deliberation, and premeditation. Willfulness has to do with a person’s intention to kill another human being. You can still be charged even if the person you intended to kill isn’t the one murdered. Deliberation and premeditation are investigated on a case by case basis and doesn’t necessarily mean the amount of time between the intent to kill and the action. Whether it was months or seconds before the murder, premeditation simply means that the killer intended to do wrong and then committed the crime.
Second degree murder is set apart from first degree mainly because it is an impulsive act. There is no premeditation involved and generally these crimes happen in the heat of the moment. Sometimes, the accused initially intends to just harm the victim, but their actions lead to a death. If the defendant showed a rash indifference for human life and there was no deliberation, most likely second degree will be the charge.
If you have been charged with murder, don’t let your future go up in smokes. Life and death are at stake. Schedule a case consultation with our team so that we can craft an effective strategy to fight for your rights and mitigate charges. Call us today at 719-227-0230.