Murder is among the most serious criminal charges a person could face. Depending on the circumstances, conviction could mean a lifetime prison sentence, or even the death penalty. If you are facing murder charges, contact Wallack Law in Atlanta, GA today for the aggressive criminal defense you need. We are passionate about protecting your constitutional rights.
Murder is intentional or premeditated homicide. As stated in 18 U.S.C. Section 1111, murder is “the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought.” There are different types and degrees of murder. First degree murder involves poison, lying in wait, or any other deliberate, willful, malicious, and premeditated killing. First-degree murder is charged when a person is killed in perpetration or attempt to perpetrate any of the following crimes:
or the crime is perpetrated as part of a pattern or practice of assault or torture against a child; or perpetrated from a premeditated design to unlawfully and maliciously effect the death of any human being other than the person who was killed.
Under Georgia law, a person commits felony murder if he or she causes the death of another person in the commission of a felony, irrespective of malice. For you to be convicted of felony murder in Georgia, the prosecution must prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This includes showing that you attempted or completed a felony that is deemed inherently dangerous or serious under state law. The state must show that all elements are present for commission of the underlying felony.
Each murder case is unique and will have its own defenses. Generally, possible defenses to felony murder include:
If you have been accused of murder in Georgia, you are facing serious penalties, possibly as severe as life imprisonment or death. Call Wallack Law in Atlanta today to get an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.