Being accused of murder is one of the gravest criminal charges you can face. Not only does a conviction carry the potential for lengthy imprisonment but it includes significant social and economic repercussions that can last a lifetime. The negative stigma of having been found guilty of murder is difficult to overcome.
Because of the severe consequences of this most serious charge, those accused of murder need to ensure that they have representation that can meet the difficult challenges of the legal process.
Anyone facing a murder allegation needs to be diligent in selecting their defense attorney; the right defender can make a significant difference in all aspects of your case. From ensuring you receive fair treatment to mounting an aggressive defense, our criminal defense lawyer at Bernard J. Brown, Esq., LLC has the qualifications, skills, and knowledge of both the state and federal laws you need.
Moreover, Attorney Bernie Brown has the professional experience required to navigate complex courtroom proceedings. With his representation, you can rest assured that you are doing everything possible to protect yourself from unjust prosecution or conviction.
Speak with our Lackawanna murder attorney for a confidential consultation about your case. Contact Bernard J. Brown, Esq., LLC via email or by phone at (570) 676-1553. Serving the counties of Lackawanna, Wayne, Wyoming, Pike, and Susquehanna.
Murder Charges in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania has established varying degrees and types of murder under its Title 18 statutes.
- Murder of the first degree. This involves the intentional taking of another’s life. It is punishable by the death penalty or life in prison, which is decided by the jury.
- Murder of the second degree. This is charged when incurred while committing an underlying felony. It is punishable by life in prison.
- Murder in the third degree. This includes all other types of murder. It is punishable by up to 40 years in prison. Life imprisonment may be imposed if you were previously convicted of voluntary manslaughter or murder.
- Attempted murder. This involves taking actual steps toward the killing of another with the intent to do so.
When charged with “capital” murder that can be punishable by the death penalty, a certified Pennsylvania death penalty lawyer is required by the state for your defense. Attorney Bernie Brown has achieved this special certification. He has also been certified to handle federal death penalty cases under the Criminal Justice Act.
Attorney Brown and his team will work thoroughly to discover all the facts and circumstances involved in your murder charge and, by doing so, be able to develop a strategy for your case. Every case is different and must be approached with meticulous investigation and preparation. Through this intensive work, it may be possible to reduce a serious murder charge to a lesser charge, such as having first-degree murder reduced to second- or third-degree, or third-degree to some type of manslaughter.
Many defenses may exist in murder charges, from actual innocence to lack of intent, self-defense, and more. To accomplish the best possible outcome, you will need the services of an attorney who is experienced in these highly-complex cases. Attorney Brown has conducted 30 jury trials to verdict in his 15 years of practice. He knows how to investigate, prepare, present, and engage in all the mechanics and tactics of criminal court litigation.
Learn more about we can assist you at this pivotal time in your life by contacting our firm today.
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