Frequently Asked Questions About Murder Charges
If you are charged with murder or manslaughter, contact the attorneys at The Law Office of Massey McClusky Fuchs & Ballenger immediately. We have more than 60 years of combined experience aggressively defending individuals from murder and other serious criminal charges.
Whether you are in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi or anywhere throughout the Mid-South, we fight the good fight on your behalf.
What Are The Differences Between Murder, Homicide And Manslaughter?
Murder, homicide and manslaughter are terms that apply to the act of one person killing another. It is important to understand the distinctions among them:
- Homicide: Homicide applies to any situation where someone kills another person. It can be either lawful (self-defense) or unlawful (murder or manslaughter).
- Murder: Murder is the intentional act of killing another person with malice and aforethought. First-degree murder is premeditated while second-degree murder is not planned.
- Manslaughter: Manslaughter is an unlawful killing that has no malice or aforethought. Voluntary manslaughter may occur during the heat of the moment. Involuntary manslaughter typically results from someone’s reckless actions.
What Evidence Is Used During Murder Cases?
Prosecutors aggressively pursue convictions during murder cases. This means they will use any and all evidence they can to get a conviction, including:
- Blood and other DNA evidence
- Crime scene reconstruction
- Firearm testing, including ballistic and trajectory analysis
What Are The Possible Penalties?
The penalties can vary depending on the state you reside and the charges you face. Involuntary manslaughter tends to carry the lightest penalties while first-degree murder is perhaps the most serious criminal charge in the United States. Yet, even the relatively lighter charge of manslaughter still carries large fines and a multiyear prison sentence.
Is There A Death Penalty?
States across the Mid-South all permit capital punishment. Our attorneys have broad experience defending clients in state and federal courts during death penalty cases. We take every step to analyze the facts of your case and to challenge the prosecution’s evidence to strengthen your defense.
You have one chance to work with an attorney who will do whatever is necessary to protect your freedom. The attorneys at The Law Office of Massey McClusky Fuchs & Ballenger know what it takes to secure a favorable outcome to murder and manslaughter charges.