Philadelphia Defense Lawyer – Murder
Mr. Hauser, with over 22 years experience, has a proven track record of success and is known to be one of the best defense attorneys in Philadelphia. If you’re being tried for murder, Contact Mark D. Hauser for a hard-fought and effective defense. A murder charge is one of the most serious criminal charges that can be brought against a person. Whether the charge is first degree murder or second degree murder, the potential consequences for the person charged can be life altering. That is why it is so vital for people charged with murder to hire really good legal representation. If one is charged with murder in the city of Philadelphia, Mark D. Hauser is the best choice for criminal defense lawyer representation.
Murder: First Degree
A first degree murder charge can be brought against a person if the crime committed is intentional. This means that the act of violence has to be been planned out in advance. Many times, murders such as these are planned for weeks and sometimes even months in advance. A second degree murder charge can be brought against a person when the crime committed isn’t premeditated. For example, when someone is provoked and kills someone while in a rage on the spur of the moment. The sentences for both types of murder charges are very severe.
First degree murder convictions usually result in either life in prison or the death penalty. Some people who are convicted have the possibility of an eventual parole, however many do not get this opportunity. People who are convicted of second degree murder can also be sentenced to life in prison. Most people who are convicted on this charge only serve around 20 years or so, however. The length of one’s sentence also depends heavily on the laws of the state that one was convicted in. Every state handles these matters a little differently.
Murder: Second degree
Second-degree murder is ordinarily defined as
- An intentional killing that is not premeditated or planned, nor committed in a reasonable “heat of passion”.
- A killing caused by dangerous conduct and the offender’s obvious lack of concern for human life.
Second-degree murder may best be viewed as the middle ground between first-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.
For example, Dan comes home to find his wife in bed with Victor. At a stoplight the next day, Dan sees Victor riding in the passenger seat of a nearby car. Dan pulls out a gun and fires three shots into the car, missing Victor but killing the driver of the car.
Contact Mark Hauser (267-258-4330) for a thorough defense of your rights in any murder case.