Minneapolis Homicide Attorney
Committed Legal Representation in Anoka & Minneapolis
Homicide involves the taking of another’s life through harmful actions. It is generally broken down into two general categories based on various aspects of the case, such as intent, the type of victim killed, and other circumstances. These translate into murder charges in varying degrees, as well as charges of manslaughter. Because of the violence involved and the loss of life,these are the most serious criminal charges you can face. Therefore, ensuring you have a dedicated and competent attorney in your corner as soon as possible is imperative if you wish to have a strong defense.
In cases involving homicide in Anoka or Minneapolis, you can turn to a Marine veteran who understands the nature and importance of defense. Our Anoka homicide lawyer at Midwest Defense focuses most of his practice on defending clients of criminal charges, including both violent and non-violent. Our team knows how vital investigation and case preparation can be when fighting severe criminal allegations. We will vigorously defend your legal rights from the initial investigation by law enforcement through all phases of your criminal case. Our law firm in Minneapolis can exhaustively investigate every aspect of your arrest and charges in search of flaws and inconsistencies that can put the prosecutor’s case in doubt. Our commitment is to help you reach the best possible result.
Homicide Charges in Minnesota
Under Minnesota law, murder is charged at three different levels of degree. These are:
- First-degree murder is the most serious and involves aggravating factors. This type of murder may be founded on the kind of people killed, such as a spouse, a child, a police officer, or other people. It may also be charged based on the accused’s conduct, such as planning or preparing to kill in advance or someone while committing another crime like rape, robbery, kidnapping, etc. However, it involves the intent to kill. It carries a prison term of up to life in prison.
- Second-degree murder may be based on intentionally killing the victim without premeditation, such as in the heat of the moment. It can also consist of killing another in a drive-by shooting, killing another while committing another crime, or killing another without intent while causing great bodily harm where the alleged victim has been under the protection of a restraining order. This degree of murder can lead to up to 40 years in prison.
- Third-degree murder is one in which intent was involved but where the person acted in a depraved manner without regard for human life. It can also be charged where illegal drugs killed the victim but without intent to do so on the defendant's part. This level of murder carries up to 25 years in prison. If it was caused by a dangerous drug such as heroin, cocaine, or other Schedule I or II controlled substance, it could also result in a fine of up to $40,000.
Manslaughter Charges in Minnesota
Manslaughter may be either voluntary or involuntary. Voluntarymanslaughter generally falls under the idea of a crime of passion while in a state of intense emotion. It can also result from causing the death of another without intent by giving that person an illegal drug (Schedule III, IV, or V). Voluntary manslaughter is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000.
Involuntary manslaughter generally falls under the category of negligence. An example would be killing another through negligence in a car accident. It carries up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
Midwest Defense Can Help You
Any homicide charge can have life-changing consequences. Not only will these be immediate if you are convicted, but they will be long-term as a convicted felon with a criminal record that can weigh heavily against you in society. A dedicated criminal defense lawyer can review all the circumstances surrounding the incident and arrest to assess the defenses that may work best in your case. At all times, we will ensure your legal rights are zealously protected, that you receive fair treatment, and will work for the best possible result.
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