Sometimes when someone dies at the hand of another person or because of the actions of another, murder is not the correct criminal charge. The person may be guilty of a lesser charge, such as voluntary manslaughter, reckless homicide or involuntary manslaughter. Over the years our firm has been able to successfully argue to juries that a murder charge should be reduced to a lesser charge. We have argued that a man that beat his ex-wife over 14 times in the head with a ball-peen hammer until her skull fractured (on the day their divorce was final) was not guilty of attempted murder, but rather of reckless homicide. He was out of prison in less than seven years following the trial, rather than the 50 years he was facing when he hired our team.
Another time we convinced a jury that a man accused of shooting his brother in the head with a gun and then beating his head with a baseball bat was not guilty of attempted murder but rather of the lowest-level felony, criminal recklessness. He received a two-and-a-half year sentence vs. the 50-year sentence he was facing on the Attempted Murder charge. This victory required very creative lawyering while maneuvering through an evidentiary minefield. Another client accused of murdering his three-year-old child was plead down to involuntary manslaughter and given no prison time. There are many, many more examples of our firm utilizing Indiana’s criminal code to try to reach an outcome that will be less life-altering than murder.
Each lesser included offense has its own set of elements. Choosing whether to seek a lesser included offense or to seek a dismissal or a complete not-guilty verdict takes skill and experience. In order to even be in a position to argue for a lesser included offense, the attorney needs to have the experience to determine the proper strategy, including how much information to reveal to the prosecutor and how much to wait until trial. Our constant brainstorming sessions have been the catalyst to strategies that have been completely unexpected and successful. Having a team of experienced attorneys is instrumental when trying to obtain the best outcome practically possible on any case, but especially those involving the death of another person.
Our team of lawyers is uniquely qualified to protect your freedom and interests. We believe in taking swift, aggressive action to out-maneuver the prosecution and build a strong defense. We’ve done it for thousands of clients and we can do it for you.
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