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Murder in the first degree is when a person plans and commits a homicide. And if you’re found guilty of homicide in Pennsylvania, you’ll possibly receive life in prison or the death penalty. Facing murder charges is a serious life-changing event. You’ll need a criminal defense attorney who can build an effective and powerful defense.
Murder in the First Degree – Pennsylvania Facts
Intentionally planning to murder someone and then committing the act is murder in the first degree. It’s different from situations that involve accidentally killing someone or killing someone in self-defense.
According to Pennsylvania law, first-degree murder involves killing someone with the use of poison, by ambush, or by other intentional and premeditated actions. The law is outlined in detail under Pennsylvania Criminal Code Title 18, Chapter 25.
The facts presented in court must leave no doubt that you meant to commit murder. Prosecutors must prove you meant to commit murder and not just cause injury. They must also prove that you had malicious intent.
First-degree murder is the most serious of all murder charges. In Pennsylvania, life in prison is commonly the punishment for first-degree murder. But the death penalty is possible as well.
How to Respond to a First-Degree Murder Charge
Remain cool when confronted by the arresting officer. Showing anger to law enforcement agents will only hurt your case. After you’re charged, you’ll likely remain in jail overnight.
Avoid discussing the situation with police offers or declaring your innocence. It’s best to remain silent until you’ve obtained an attorney. Any comments you make can be used against you in court. That’s why it’s important to remain silent, and only speak when your attorney is present. If the police attempt to question you, refuse to answer and request an attorney. Refusing your request for an attorney is a violation of your rights.
How Your Attorney Can Help
Your attorney is there for your benefit. It’s in your best interest to provide any information that will support your case. The attorney will carefully review the charges against you, and determine if there is sufficient evidence for the charges.
Your attorney’s actions depend on the circumstance of your case. But in general, an attorney will do the following:
– Make an effort to discredit evidence that works against you.
– The attorney will work to find evidence and witnesses to prove your innocence.
– If you committed murder but had no malicious intent, your attorney will work to find witnesses and evidence to prove it.
Contact an Attorney as Soon as Possible
A first-degree murder charge is a harrowing experience. Even before you appear in court, you’ll face a prosecutor who is determined to prove your guilt. That’s why you need a dedicated attorney who has your best interest at heart.
You need an attorney who is ready to work for you. The attorney should work tirelessly to discredit evidence against you. Also, your attorney will work with you to determine your options and the best court of action.
Contact Us for More Information
The Amato Sanita Law Offices will carefully examine the evidence presented in your case. We will try to disprove the evidence that works against you and prove the charges should be dropped. And if the situation calls for it, we’ll work to get you a lighter sentence. If your case proceeds to trial, we’ll work to create the strongest defense possible.
Contact The Amato Sanita Law Offices for a free consultation. We’ll discuss your case and decide how to proceed. A friend or family member may also contact us on your behalf. We respond to consultation requests within 24-hours of receiving the request.