Skilled Michigan Lawyers Provide a Strong Defense to Homicide Charges

Established Detroit firm represents people charged with murder and manslaughter

Murder is considered the most serious of all crimes. A conviction will lead to significant penalties, which may include life in prison without the possibility of parole. When your freedom and future are at stake, it’s essential you hire an attorney who has fought homicide charges and is committed to protecting your rights. For more than 30 years, Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan has defended thousands of clients facing these serious allegations. At our law office in downtown Detroit, we apply our in-depth legal knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of the court system to work toward the best possible outcome for our clients.

Proven advocates defend Michigan residents facing murder charges

In every state, homicide is defined as “the killing of another person.” When this action is undertaken in self-defense or the defense of someone else, it may be considered justifiable and therefore not a criminal act, but other homicides, such as murder and manslaughter, violate criminal laws.

In Michigan, murder charges vary by degree of severity:

  • First-degree murder — An intentional killing with premeditation — a plan to commit the crime. Conviction mandates life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Felony murder, which is a murder committed along with another crime, like arson, is also a first-degree charge.
  • Second-degree murder — An intentional killing without premeditation or a killing prompted by the reckless disregard of human life. Conviction may result in life in prison or a lesser prison term with the possibility of parole.

When you face any murder charge, Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan will actively work to mount a vigorous defense, which may seek to show the case against you involves mistaken identity, self-defense or insufficient or unlawfully obtained evidence. We draw on our experience challenging the prosecution in these serious cases to fight for your rights.

While murder is usually charged at the state level, federal murder charges may apply under certain circumstances, such as those that involve the killing of a law enforcement official, a federal judge, a DEA or FBI agent, or their family members. A federal murder charge may also carry the death penalty, even though that punishment doesn’t exist under Michigan law. We have experience representing defendants in federal court cases and can provide the knowledgeable advice and advocacy you need.

Accomplished lawyers challenge manslaughter allegations

When we represent you, one of the legal avenues we can explore is getting murder charges reduced to manslaughter, the unlawful killing of a person without malice. Manslaughter carries less severe legal penalties. Michigan law recognizes the following types of manslaughter:

  • Voluntary manslaughter — The intentional killing of another person during an emotionally heated moment
  • Involuntary manslaughter — The accidental killing of a person during an act of criminal negligence, such as reckless driving

Although manslaughter charges are less serious than murder charges, they can still result in significant legal consequences. A felony conviction of manslaughter can result in up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Your best chance of preserving your freedom and your future rests in hiring the right legal team. Our criminal defense lawyers have more than 30 years of experience and a strong record of success in the courtroom. We’re available 24/7 to assist clients charged with serious state or federal violent crimes.

Contact a proven Michigan criminal defense lawyer for a homicide charge

Homicide, whether murder or manslaughter, is a serious charge that requires a strong legal defense. Contact Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan today to request a free consultation at our law office in downtown Detroit. We are also available to meet you in Taylor, Southfield and Royal Oak. Please call 313-329-5847 or contact us online.