Criminal Defense of second degree murder in Louisiana is charged in the following circumstances, statute below, and also when the accused may qualify for a First Degree Murder charge but the District Attorney is not seeking the death penalty. A criminal defense trial for second degree murder is procedurally like any other serious felony, the Judge is solely responsible for punishment, so the jury only consideres the guilt/innocence phase of the trial.
It is important to note here that there is a difference between what the police charge and what the District Attorney charges. The police arrest people on charges that they determine are the most appropriate under the circumstances. Police officers are not attorneys. The District Attorney will normally take the evidence of arrest and investigation and make a determination as to the proper charge, or the charge that the DA feels he/she can prove at a trial on the matter. What a police officer perceives and what can be proven at trial are often times very different.
This is obviously a very serious charge and requires a very serious criminal defense. If you know someone that has been charged with Second Degree Murder, you must do everything in your power to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney. The defense of a second degree murder requires extensive preparation and work – investigation, evidence challenge and collection, extensive pre-trial motions practice, trial preparation, trial motions, jury selection, and jury trial. The process takes many hours of focused effort and work and requires resources from both the defendant and law firm. We stand ready to put together the kind of team that uses your resources in the most effective way possible, giving you the best chance at a reasonable outcome.
If you, or someone you know, has been charged with Second Degree Murder or Attempted Second Degree Murder, hire a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately. Call The Ambeau Law Firm, let’s sit down together and talk honestly about the road ahead and what we can do for you. If we make the decision to fight this together, we will start the fight from the first day, and work diligently to get you the best outcome possible in your criminal defense matter.
La. R. S. 14:30.1. Second degree murder
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