Homicide is the crime of choice in crime shows and movies for a good reason. It is among the most serious of crimes, perhaps the most serious of all. Homicide covers a wide range of crimes in Virginia, from aggravated murder all the way to attempted murder.
No matter what your homicide charges are, your own life and freedom are at risk. A homicide attorney in Richmond needs to hear your case immediately. These are charges that require experienced criminal defense, and we can provide it. Just ask our past clients.
Types of Homicide in Virginia
Homicide means “killing a human”, but the Code of Virginia breaks this act down into several categories. The category you’re charged with depends on the circumstances of your case. These include:
- Aggravated murder
- Murder in the 1st degree
- Murder in the 2nd degree
- Manslaughter (voluntary and involuntary)
- Murder of a pregnant woman
- Felony homicide (killing someone while committing another felony)
- Attempted murder
All these are felonies that will follow you for years if you’re convicted. You can face fines of tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention jail time. You could even face life in prison.
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How Will a Richmond Homicide Lawyer Defend Me?
The exact defense will depend on the circumstances of your case and the charges you’re facing, but there are two possible goals. The first is to acquit you completely. This is the ideal result.
However, not every case qualifies. If you cannot escape charges, a Richmond homicide attorney can try to poke holes in the prosecution’s case to argue for a lesser charge. There is also the possibility of plea bargaining, though this depends greatly on the prosecution.
In all cases, the first step starts with your phone call to us. Once we agree to represent you, our team will work diligently to gather all the evidence and build a vehement defense against the claim. We know your future rests in our hands, and we will do our utmost to protect it.
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What If I Was Acting in Self-Defense?
There are many situations where you could have killed someone in an act of self-defense, whether of your own person or your property. This can be considered self defense. However, for this defense to work, four things must be present at a minimum:
- Reasonable belief that the use of deadly force was justified
- An act of immediate overt violence by the aggressor
- A risk of serious bodily harm or death
- A reasonable response under the circumstances
Proving that you killed someone in self defense is difficult, but possible, under Virginia law. If we believe your case qualifies for this defense, we will make every effort to use it and defeat your charges.
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You cannot afford to wait at all if you are facing any kind of homicide charge. Any homicide case is a high-profile case, and prosecutors would love to put another feather in their caps by convicting you.
Don’t go down without a fight. Even if you think you can’t escape, there may be ways to reduce your penalties with the help of our team. Call our Richmond homicide attorneys at Pendleton Law Group immediately at the number on your screen or use our contact form. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
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