Your Voice In Court Against Murder And Manslaughter Charges
While it is well-known that second-degree murder and manslaughter charges are not as serious as murder one, these charges are not a small matter. A second-degree murder conviction could result in 30 years in prison and substantial fines. With this much at stake, do not make the mistake of trying to handle your defense alone, and do not trust this matter to inexperienced counsel. You need an advocate who provides you with strong, effective defense against these charges.
At McKay Law Firm, PLLC Attorneys At Law, we take these charges seriously. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience defending clients against all types of violent crime charges in Little Rock and the surrounding areas of Arkansas. Our experienced lawyers provide criminal defense services marked by knowledge and dedication to fierce advocacy for our clients. We know what is at stake, and we know how to protect your rights.
Different Charges, Different Penalties
Manslaughter and second-degree murder are best understood as it is distinguished from first-degree murder (otherwise known as capital murder or “murder one”).
- First-degree murder involves a killing that is intentional and premeditated and can result in life imprisonment.
- Second-degree murder, by contrast, is a killing that is unplanned (yet still intentional) or a killing that results from the reckless disregard for human life, with prison time of up to 30 years for a conviction.
- Voluntary manslaughter lacks the intentionality required for a second-degree murder charge in Arkansas. It can include a killing while under extreme duress, a killing caused by recklessness or a killing that happens due to recklessness as part of committing a felony. A conviction for voluntary manslaughter can bring anywhere from three years to 10 years incarceration.
Of course, these terms of incarceration also come with heavy fines.
Bringing Your Sentence Down
In many cases, a good lawyer can work to bring your sentence down. The classic case of the insanity plea is a good example. When it can be established that a person who committed a killing was under extreme emotional distress at the time, it could result in murder one charges being reduced to manslaughter or dismissed altogether.
Arguing on the merits in this way is just one method of fighting murder charges. Our attorneys can also attack the validity of the evidence and look into the arrests and searches that led to your arrest.
Contact Our Lawyers Today
If you are facing second-degree murder charges or manslaughter charges, you are in a serious fight for your freedom and your future. Call us to get the help you need. Call us at 877-224-1688 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.