Murder – causing another person's death intentionally – is a serious offense that is punished severely in both Kansas and Missouri. A defendant who is convicted of murder could face life imprisonment without parole, hefty fines, a permanent criminal record, and other social ramifications. If you have been arrested and charged with murder, you need to hire a highly-skilled and aggressive Missouri criminal defense attorney immediately to help build your defense strategy.
At The Alsobrook Law Firm, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive legal guidance and reliable representation to individuals wrongfully accused of murder. I will fight vigorously on your behalf to defend your rights and ensure that you get fair treatment at every stage of the legal process.
My firm — The Alsobrook Law Firm proudly — represents clients in Kansas City, Missouri, and throughout Kansas and Missouri.
Generally, murder involves intentionally or knowingly causing another person's death without legal justification. Under Missouri law, a person commits the offense of murder if the individual knowingly causes the death of another person after deliberation upon the matter, while causing physical injury, or while committing or attempting to commit any felony. Depending on the surrounding circumstances, homicide in Missouri is categorized as first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and involuntary manslaughter.
Under Kansas law, murder involves killing a human being intentionally and with premeditation or while committing or fleeing from a dangerous felony. In Kansas, homicide is categorized into capital murder, first-degree murder, intentional second-degree murder, and unintentional second-degree murder.
Most murder cases in Missouri and Kansas often involve the defendant's "intent to kill." Criminal intent is the mental state of awareness that an act is a crime and it is wrong. An individual knows that a particular action is unethical or a criminal offense, but the individual is still determined to commit the crime.
Nevertheless, not every case is straightforward. A knowledgeable murder defense attorney can evaluate every aspect of your case and strive to establish an effective legal defense for your unique situation.
If convicted of murder, the potential punishment will correspond with the level of murder charge you are facing. If the charges are extreme, Missouri and Kansas are two states that utilize the death penalty.
An aggressive criminal justice attorney can evaluate and investigate the surrounding circumstances of your case and outline a strong defense strategy to help fight your charges and attempt to avoid the harshest consequences.
The burden of a murder allegation can be a heavy one to bear. Thankfully, your attorney may be able to use one of the following defenses:
A killing committed accidentally or out of misfortune would not be considered murder. In some cases, showing that the killing was accidental allows the offender to be acquitted.
The heat of passion is an intense mental state prompted by provocation combined with anger, fear, terror, or rage. A particular passion will cause a reasonable person to lose self-control and act on impulse without processing repercussions.
Furthermore, defense of a person in imminent danger is used as a defense against murder allegation only if the killing happened while the defendant was trying to protect a person from bodily harm or death.
Defense of habitation, property, or person may be used as a possible defense in a murder case if the defendant can show that the victim or trespasser threatened the property owner or someone else, only if you acted reasonably under the circumstances.
Also, if the murder is committed while trying to uphold the law, suppress a riot, preserve peace, or prevent a crime, you will have a strong defense against your murder charges.
Notwithstanding your specific circumstances, going through the criminal justice system alone is never advisable. A skilled Missouri criminal defense attorney will investigate every last detail of your case and determine the best defense strategy to fight your charges.
Facing murder charges is terrifying. That is why you should never face them alone. Contact my firm — The Alsobrook Law Firm — today to schedule a simple case evaluation. I can seek the comprehensive legal counsel and aggressive representation you need to fight your murder accusations. My firm is proud to serve clients in Kansas City, Missouri, and throughout the states of Kansas and Missouri.