Homicide cases (murder and manslaughter) are the most serious and complicated cases to defend and require a top-notch experienced criminal defense lawyer to develop and present the best defense. Clients face lengthy prison terms and the evidence is complicated and technical. Many defenses may be available that may support acquittal or a reduction of charges, depending on the specific facts and circumstances involved.
It is very important for persons suspected of or arrested for any homicide to contact and retain an attorney as soon as possible. Many important decisions regarding investigation and other strategic issues need to be addressed quickly. These cases often require a defense team of experts, investigators and additional lawyers to fight the government’s evidence and put forth a strong defense. These cases will usually take many months or even more than a year to investigate, prepare and litigate through trial.