It goes without saying that any allegations involving the death of someone are as serious as can be, and if you are either being investigated for this crime or a loved one is accused of this crime, you need to contact a New York City homicide crime lawyer immediately.
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New York State Penal Law Article 125 covers the various statutes involving homicide. There are two main things that separate homicide allegations from any other allegation of criminality. The first is that these allegations are incredibly serious. The second is that often the best witness to what actually happened is sadly not able to testify.
Unfortunately, the police department is not interested in vindicating a truly innocent person. They are interested in making an arrest and “closing out” the case. Once a person is arrested, their work is over. The prosecution will now be fighting aggressively to prove the charged is guilty. You will need attorneys who will be just as passionate and fervent in defending your name and freedom.
The most common charge associated with homicide in New York is murder in the second degree – subdivision one, in which someone intentionally causes the death of another person. The most common affirmative defense for this charge is asserting that the defendant acted in a state of “extreme emotional disturbance” when they committed the homicide. The important thing to note is that the successful assertion of this defense does not mean an acquittal. It simply lowers the charge to manslaughter in the first degree.
The prosecution must also prove that the defendant was not acting in self-defense beyond any reasonable doubt. Remember, it is not your job to prove who committed the murder or even to combat all the evidence against you.
In order to fight a charge, all you need to do is cast doubt that you acted in the manner described by the prosecution. Our experienced Manhattan homicide defense attorneys know how to build effective strategies to meet these ends.
It is critical that you speak to a lawyer as soon as possible when you are facing these serious charges. We understand this is a big decision, and you can’t afford to work with an attorney you don’t feel comfortable with which is why we offer free consultations. When you meet with us, a member of our criminal defense team will listen to your side of the story before advising you of your options.
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