What To Do If You've Been Arrested On Long Island For Murder or Manslaughter
There is no crime in New York State which is more serious than the charge of Murder. The intentional killing of another person carries with it the most severe penalty under our law. While the death penalty was found to be unconstitutional in New York State, the highest degree of Murder is potentially punishable by a sentence of life without parole.
There are two degrees of Murder, and there are lesser homicide charges as well, including Manslaughter and Criminally Negligent Homicide. Also contained within the homicide section of the Penal Law are Vehicular Homicides.
Murder in the Second Degree includes the charge of intentional murder, however there are other theories under which someone can be charged with Murder in the Second Degree, including what is known as “depraved indifference” murder as well as felony murder. The different types of charges will affect how the prosecution is able to prove their case, and how your attorney will attempt to defend you.
There are many important considerations for you to discuss with your lawyer when deciding how to fight these charges. Some defenses which must be considered include justification, which is also known as self-defense. Another defense to Murder is what is called “Extreme Emotional Disturbance”. If a person is acting under the influence an Extreme Emotional Disturbance during the commission of what would ordinarily be a Murder, a jury can reduce that charge to Manslaughter instead. This would avoid a potential life sentence. A good lawyer will discuss all possible options with you.
If you’ve been charged with any type of homicide, it is imperative that you contact a criminal defense attorney who knows how to handle these types of cases immediately to protect your rights. A good attorney will challenge the admissibility of forensic evidence in court, and attempt to have it suppressed. He will discuss any possible defenses with you. He will make sure any evidence or confessions which were obtained in violation of your constitutional rights are suppressed and not permitted at trial.
Make sure you immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your options. Glenn Kurtzrock spent seven years assigned to the Homicide Bureau of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. During that time, he handled Murder cases almost exclusively, including taking several to trial. If you’re facing the most serious charge there is, you want someone with experience.
Call for a free initial consultation today so Glenn can start working on your case right away. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 631-539-1640, and our website is at KurtzrockLaw.com. Our reasonable rates and payment plans ensure that everyone can get quality and aggressive legal representation.
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