For Felony Murder Charges, You Need Experienced Defense Counsel
Murder is the ultimate violent crime — and it carries the most serious penalties of all criminal offenses. A lifetime prison sentence, life without parole and the death penalty are the consequences that a defendant in a first-degree murder trial faces, if convicted.
Are you awaiting trial on a murder charge in Memphis or elsewhere in the Mid-South? You have one chance to choose the right lawyer to defend you — one chance to hear the words “not guilty.” Do not waste that chance. Do not run the risk of spending life behind bars and being permanently separated from your loved ones.
You need the guidance and support of attorneys who will aggressively protect your rights; whose work is widely recognized throughout courts in Tennessee and neighboring states; attorneys with a reputation for results in important violent criminal cases.
You need the attorneys at The Law Office of Massey McClusky Fuchs & Ballenger in Memphis. With more than 60 years of combined experience, William D. Massey and an accomplished team of associates have aggressively and successfully protected the rights of people, just like you, in state and federal murder trials.
Contact us today for a free consultation. Call from wherever you are in Tennessee, Arkansas or Mississippi: 901-910-1638. We always fight the good fight for every client.
Tennessee’s Homicide Charges
Categories of homicide charges in Tennessee are:
- First-degree murder — an intentional killing that is premeditated
- Second-degree murder — a knowing killing, where the defendant knows his conduct is reasonably certain to cause death
- Voluntary manslaughter — an intentional or knowing killing that occurs during a “state of passion” sufficient to make a reasonable person act in an irrational manner
- Reckless homicide — a killing resulting from the intentional disregard of a known risk that the conduct could result in death
- Negligent homicide — a killing resulting from conduct that should have been known to create a risk of death
If convicted first-degree murder, you would face life behind bars or the death penalty. A second-degree murder carries between 13 1/2 and 60 years, and service is at 100 percent as a violent offender.
We fight hard to avoid a conviction for first- or second-degree murder. A conviction for voluntary manslaughter, reckless homicide or negligent homicide allows for much more favorable sentencing options, including probation. We like to get a not guilty verdict from the jury, but if a conviction occurs, we want it at the low end of the homicide spectrum where we can fight for probation and send the client home. Give yourself the best chance possible of avoiding serious jail time for the ultimate crime.
Contact The Law Office of Massey McClusky Fuchs & Ballenger for quality, experienced representation that has achieved results for clients for more than six decades.