Oklahoma Homicide Attorney
Perhaps no other crime is prosecuted as vigorously as homicide. As such, one charged with homicide faces a lengthy, grueling, and terrifying process. Homicide is defined as the killing of one human being by another. A common misconception is that all homicide is murder. On the contrary, not all homicide is murder and homicide can be excusable or justifiable depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. Oklahoma statute classifies homicide offenses into three (3) categories:
- Murder (First or Second Degree)
- Manslaughter (First or Second Degree)
- Negligent Homicide
Penalties for Homicide Crimes
The penalties for homicide offenses are severe. In fact, it could cost the individual his or her life. If a person is convicted of murder, they could face the ultimate price- the death penalty or life imprisonment with or without the possibility of parole. If convicted of manslaughter or negligent homicide, the offender could face imprisonment and/or fines. In sentencing the convicted party, the court considers many factors including, but not limited to: the criminal record of the defendant, the severity of the crime, whether the defendant poses a continuing threat to society, whether the defendant created a great risk of death to more than one person, etc.
Homicide offenses are difficult for the prosecution to prove. If you have been charged with a homicide offense, there are multiple defenses available which may lead to dismissal or mitigate the offense to a lesser charge. The defenses available depend on the facts and circumstances of your case. Because a majority of those accused of homicide offenses are intimidated by law enforcement, the accused often makes statements which are then used against the defendant in court. Thus it’s paramount to exercise your constitutional rights and remain silent (only provide necessary biographical information); do not discuss the facts of your case with family, friends, or inmates (THEY CAN BECOME WITNESSES AGAINST YOU); and retain an attorney as soon as possible.
If you have been charged with a homicide offense, you need an advocate who will relentlessly fight to protect your rights. Contact Elliott C. Crawford immediately to schedule your consultation.