SKILLED ATTORNEYS IN MURDER CASES
MURDER CASES CAN BE SCARY AND THE DAMAGES CAN BE SEVERE.
Although most murder investigations are competently and thoroughly investigated, in some cases, tainted evidence or prejudice may lead to the conviction of an innocent person. For this reason, it is essential that if you are being investigated for murder, you contact an experienced murder defense attorney who can protect your interests.
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In order to convict a person of murder, the prosecution must show that the person either:
- Purposefully caused the death of a person;
- Purposely and unlawfully terminated another’s pregnancy; or
- Caused the death of a person during the commission or attempted commission of another felony.
A conviction carries a penalty of between 15 years and life in prison.
OTHER PRACTICE AREA CASES
IF YOU HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF MURDER CONTACT GROTH AND ASSOCIATES TO SPEAK WITH TOLEDO’S BEST MURDER DEFENSE ATTORNEY.
In some cases, an offense may be charged as an aggravated murder. In Ohio, a person commits aggravated murder when he or she:
- Plans and intentionally commits a premeditated act that is designed to cause the death of another person or terminate someone else’s pregnancy; or
- Causes another person’s death or unlawfully terminates a pregnancy while committing, attempting to commit, or fleeing the scene after the commission of another crime.
A death caused during the commission of a felony can be charged as a murder if the initial crime was one of a series of specific offenses, including:
- Arson and aggravated arson;
- Robbery and aggravated robbery;
- Burglary and aggravated burglary;
- Trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present;
- Terrorism; and
Other offenses that could sustain a charge of aggravated murder include situations in which:
- Someone under the age of 13 is killed during the commission of a crime;
- Someone convicted of a felony causes the death of another person during imprisonment or while escaping detainment; or
- A law enforcement officer is purposefully killed, and the offender knew or had reasonable cause to know that the victim was a member of law enforcement.
In order to satisfy the statutory requirements of the aggravated murder of a law enforcement officer, the following criteria must be met:
- The victim was engaged in his or her duties; and
- It was the offender’s specific purpose to kill a law enforcement officer.
Aggravated murder is punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty.
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HOW WE CAN HELP YOU DEFEND AGAINST THE CHARGES
Being convicted of murder can have devastating consequences for all parties involved, so if you or a loved one was arrested for or is being charged with this crime, it is vital to seek the advice of an experienced Toledo murder defense
lawyer who can help you formulate a defense. Please contact the Toledo criminal defense lawyers at Groth & Associates or complete an online case submission form to schedule an initial consultation.