Murder is a grave crime in Memphis. People who are convicted of murder can face serious penalties and long prison sentences. Most residents have no tolerance for such a violent crime and, therefore, the mere mention of being involved in a murder or as a suspect in such a crime can permanently ruin a person’s reputation in an instant.

Early this past Sunday morning, Memphis police were called to a scene on the 3700 block of Pershing Park where they found a 17-year-old who had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. At this time no arrests have been made and police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

A person who faces murder charges may feel scared and helpless. It may seem like the whole world is against them, especially with all the media coverage and intimidating police personnel. Although the circumstances surrounding this case are not known by everyone, residents can still judge and conclude that a suspect is guilty, if only just in their minds. An attorney skilled in criminal defense can help a defendant tell his or her side of the story. An attorney can examine the evidence surrounding the case and build a defense that protects a defendant’s rights and freedoms. A criminal defense attorney rises to the challenge of defending these tricky cases and they have strong negotiation skills that can help bring lesser charges to the defendant.

Memphis residents who are charged with a serious crime such as murder need to have their legal rights protected. Defending a murder charge can seem like an uphill battle but with help from a skilled attorney it does not have to mean an automatic serious prison sentence.

Source: WMCTV, “Memphis police investigate teen’s death,” April 20, 2014