Few crimes stir passions as much as the crime of murder. It is sensationalized daily in the media. It can be horrific by it’s details. And ultimately, it can decide the fate of not only the victim, but the defendant as well.
If you are charged with the crime of murder, make no mistake about it, you are in serious trouble and you need the help of a highly skilled and seasoned murder defense lawyer. A strong legal defense team can not only make the difference of whether or not you go free, but ultimately if you are put to death if found guilty in certain circumstances.
Due to the high profile nature of a murder case, there may be public outcry for a conviction, causing the police, judge and prosecutors to be extremely aggressive in their pursuit of a guilty verdict. That can lead to many forms of intimidation and cause mistakes in a defense strategy unless you have top notch representation.
Another important skill a murder defense lawyer can bring to the table is the ability to be a strong negotiator on your behalf. If there is a strong likelihood of conviction, then it may be in your best interests to avoid a trial and seek a plea bargain which may still result in a prison term, but with less of a penalty than might be the case in a trial. An attorney may be able to use this to your advantage especially in cases where surviving relatives or friends would be too emotionally distraught to want to testify in a high profile environment.
In other cases where you may be able to claim self defense, a strong attorney will be able to use years of experience to independently investigate your case, find holes in the prosecution’s story, and craft an alternative version of the facts that may lead to an acquittal.
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