A conviction for Aggravated Murder, Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter, Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Homicide, or Aggravated Vehicular Homicide may well result in a lifetime behind bars in the Ohio penitentiary system.
A charge of Aggravated Murder may be a capital offense, carrying the death penalty under certain circumstances. Lesser offense such as Negligent Homicide, Vehicular Manslaughter, and Vehicular Homicide are misdemeanors under Ohio law, with the potential for local jail time.
Homicide is a legal term for any killing of a human being by another human being. Homicide itself is not necessarily a crime. Some homicides, such as a justifiable killing of a suspect by the police or a killing done in self-defense, are permitted. However, unlawful homicides are classified as crimes like aggravated murder, murder, involuntary manslaughter, manslaughter, negligent homicide, vehicular homicide, and other offenses.
Prosecuting attorneys will pursue these types of charges with a determined vengeance, for apparent reasons. In their eyes, the accused individual is always guilty, and they will endeavor to put that individual behind bars for as long as possible.
Only a lawyer with extensive experience with murder charges, manslaughter, and homicide charges will have any chance of securing the best possible outcome in these types of criminal cases.
Hesitating to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney in this type of matter can severely impact the outcome of the case. Hiring the wrong criminal defense lawyer will be disastrous. You will be doomed from the start. You will lose critical time that a criminal defense lawyer could use to secure valuable evidence, favorable testimony, and other information that could be used in defense of the accused. You must seek the best possible legal representation available immediately.
Murder, Manslaughter, and Homicide charges have to be challenged at the trial level. Once the defendant is convicted, there is practically no hope in the appellate system.
“One of the most striking lessons I recall from the Death Penalty training I received years ago, is that ‘Your client is 98% dead if you lose at trial’. The ONLY shot you will ever get to overcome this type of charge will occur at the trial court level.” – Attorney Dan Weisenburger
Sometimes special defenses apply when a person is accused of these types of offenses. Self-defense may serve to excuse the act, depending on the applicable laws and definitions, including the duty to retreat, the castle doctrine, and the defense of others. The assistance of a lawyer is indispensable.
Other defenses may apply, such as alibi, coercion, or insanity (NGRI or Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity).
Due to the technical nature of such defenses, only an attorney well versed in criminal defense can give you the best chance.
Much is at stake when someone is facing charges of murder, manslaughter, or homicide. A lawyer who takes on this kind of battle has to mount a relentless defense from the moment he is retained. Legal fees are always a significant issue. Our law firm understands that relatives and friends of the accused individual may, out of necessity, need to pool resources to overcome that problem.
Attorney Dan J. Weisenburger has more than 30 years of courtroom experience in the field of criminal law, including cases involving Aggravated Murder, Murder, Attempted Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter, Voluntary Manslaughter, and Vehicular Homicide. This includes many successful jury verdicts.
Attorney Weisenburger takes on criminal cases that others may think are seemingly hopeless. He understands what is at stake, as well as the life-altering implications a conviction of this nature can have on a person’s life.
As a Board Certified Criminal Defense Specialist, Attorney Weisenburger is fully committed to utilizing all available legal resources, thoroughly investigating accusations, and creating innovative defense strategies to protect individuals from criminal prosecution.
The most important thing you can do RIGHT NOW to help a person accused of murder, manslaughter, or homicide charge is to convince him/her of the absolute necessity of NOT SPEAKING WITH ANYONE about anything even remotely connected to the case.
If he or she does not understand how vital it is, it will probably cost them years behind bars. Act now… because every minute counts.
NEVER discuss the case in a phone call from the jail, as these calls are recorded and turned over to the prosecuting attorney for use in the case.
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