Hire A Lawyer Immediately To Protect Your Rights In Light Of Homicide Allegations
Even if you have not been charged but are under investigation, you should have an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you. If our attorneys at Garton & Vogt, P.C., are able to represent and protect you before charges are filed against you, they will likely be able to prevent the police from violating your constitutional rights and gathering evidence illegally.
Being charged with murder is one of the most serious charges possible under Michigan law. Accordingly, it carries severe penalties and imprisonment, sometimes for life. As soon as you are able to, contact us for help.
Your Life Is On The Line When You Are Charged With Homicide. If You Have No Lawyer, The Police May Violate Your Rights.
Knowing that life in prison is at stake, it is important to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney – someone who has what it takes to aggressively protect your interests during an investigation and at trial.
In Michigan, first- or second-degree murder charges are possible, depending on the facts. Penalties for convictions involve the following:
- First-degree murder: If you are convicted of first-degree murder, the law states that you shall be punished with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Legally speaking, first-degree murder is a premeditated or preplanned intentional killing and can include:
- Killing someone while in the course of committing another crime, such as child abuse, criminal sexual conduct or a serious crime such as robbery
- Murdering a police or peace officer who was performing their duties
- Second-degree murder: According to the statutes, the term “second-degree murder” encompassed many other types of murder.” You may face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of this crime.
In many cases, the defense lawyers at Garton & Vogt, P.C., have convinced prosecutors that there is not enough evidence to convict our clients. As a result, the charges were dropped or reduced.
In other cases, they have obtained jury verdicts acquitting our clients or finding them not guilty. We have represented clients during the pre-charge investigation, at trial and on appeals and motions.
At Garton & Vogt, P.C., our attorneys combined have decades of successful criminal defense experience in state and federal court.
- Under Michigan law, you could be charged with first- or second-degree murder, depending on the circumstances. The law defines first-degree murder as a premeditated or pre-planned intentional killing, killing a police officer or another public official, or hiring a person to kill someone for you. First-degree murder can also include killing a person while committing another crime, such as arson, child abuse, criminal sexual conduct, drug crimes, robbery, larceny, and other crimes. Anyone convicted of first-degree murder in Michigan will be punished by life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Second-degree murder includes all other kinds of murder.
You Have The Right To Remain Silent
When you are facing serious charges like murder, do not talk to the police without a lawyer. Many people think that they can explain away charges – especially if they are innocent – or prove their innocence by talking directly with the police. This can produce irreversible consequences. The police are trained to obtain confessions from people. Talking with them without an attorney will likely make your case worse.
Contact Garton & Vogt, P.C.
To talk with one of our experienced defense lawyers about the murder charges you or a loved one is facing, contact our Clinton Township law office at 586-315-2430 for a free phone consultation. We serve clients throughout Macomb County.