A Homicide Charge Requires Assertive Defense
Homicide charges involve taking another person’s life. Michigan law distinguishes between first-degree homicide, which is done deliberately and with evil intent and second-degree murder, which is an intentional killing that is not planned.
Other circumstances surrounding the taking of someone’s life can be factors in determining the type of criminal charge an alleged perpetrator faces. For example, a person who takes another person’s life while committing another crime may face a felony murder charge. A person who is charged with felony murder faces the same penalties as someone who is charged with first-degree homicide.
The stakes are high in any homicide case. That is why it is essential to enlist legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands what is on the line – one who knows how to build and present a strong criminal defense. In Flint and throughout Central Michigan, that attorney is Jodi L. Hemingway of The Law Office of Jodi L. Hemingway, PLLC.
Understanding Manslaughter Charges
Another possible criminal charge that a person may face in connection with the death of another individual is manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter involves intentionally killing a person in the heat of the moment, such as a domestic dispute. Involuntary manslaughter involves killing someone without intent, such as a drunk driver who causes a fatal accident.
In both cases, a conviction could result in up to 15 years in prison. If you face manslaughter charges, your future is on the line, and you need experienced legal counsel.
Examining Every Possible Defense
Prosecutors do not charge someone with homicide or manslaughter lightly. However, that does not mean the charges are always warranted. Attorney Jodi L. Hemingway digs well beyond police reports to examine every aspect of an incident resulting in a homicide charge. She will listen to your side of the story and work to convince a jury of your innocence if the facts of the case warrant that. If the facts suggest that a different legal strategy would be more effective, Ms. Hemingway will present that option to you.
The firm is committed to minimizing the impact of any criminal charge on a person’s life. This is not a time when you can make the mistake of working with a lawyer who may overpromise and underdeliver. Ms. Hemingway will provide straightforward answers and a candid assessment of your case. She provides clear communication at every step so that clients are informed about the status of their case and their options as they move forward.
Act Promptly To Put Experienced Legal Counsel In Your Corner
The sooner you have experienced and knowledgeable legal representation in your corner, the better off you will be. The most important moments in a criminal case are often within the first 48 to 72 hours after an alleged crime. The legal team at The Law Office of Jodi L. Hemingway, PLLC, will immediately begin its own investigation and protect you against making statements to police that could hurt your case.
Even if you have only been questioned in connection with a homicide, it is wise to enlist legal counsel. Call 810-237-1200 or use the firm’s online contact form to provide information on your case and schedule a consultation.