Se Habla Español | Available 24/7
Multilingual Staff | Available 24/7

Get the Representation You Need: Hire a Chicago Murder Lawyer

Get the Best Results With a Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney

The offense of murder, in any form, is one of the most serious offenses known to our society and criminal system. If you face one of these charges, you will need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can navigate the intricacies of the criminal justice system, build a strong defense against your charges, and help you fight for your rights.

The attorneys at Hirsch Law Group are dedicated to protecting clients facing murder or homicide charges in Chicago. Our team has experience defending clients on serious criminal charges and understands the stakes of your case. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality legal representation and will fight aggressively for the best possible outcome in your case.

Timing is everything when you are charged with the offense of murder. You will need a lawyer immediately. The attorneys at Hirsch Law Group have the knowledge, experience, and resources to provide you with an aggressive defense. We will work hard to protect your rights and freedom.

Do not waste a moment. Even if you have not yet been formally charged, Contact the HIRSCH LAW GROUP.

Potential Consequences and Penalties of Murder Charges in Illinois

In Illinois, the potential consequences of a murder conviction are severe and life-altering. Understanding these penalties is crucial for anyone facing homicide charges and further emphasizes the importance of securing experienced legal representation.

First Degree Murder Charges

The accused acted with intent to cause great bodily harm or intended to kill and knew such acts would cause death to that person. This includes cases such as robbery when the murder occurred while a forcible felony was being committed. Conviction in Illinois of first-degree murder carries a minimum sentence of 20-60 years without the possibility of an early release.

Second Degree Murder Charges

Second-degree murder is a Class 1 felony that, if convicted, carries a sentence of 4-20 years. If charged with second-degree murder, the accused acted under sudden intense passion resulting from provocation. People acting in self-defense could be charged with second-degree murder if the force used was not necessary or excessive.

Manslaughter / Reckless Homicide

Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide are both Class 3 felonies that, if convicted, carry a sentence of 2-5 years. Involuntary manslaughter occurs when someone is killed accidentally due to someone’s reckless behavior.

Reckless homicide occurs when the accused was driving a vehicle. Other factors could cause these charges to be upgraded to a Class 2 felony if aggravated factors come into play, such as the incident occurring in a school zone or the death of a police officer.

Attempted Murder

Attempt to commit first-degree murder is a Class X felony. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident, including aggravated factors, you could be facing a life sentence. Read Illinois statutes on attempted murder.

If you have been accused or charged with attempted murder, this is a serious criminal offense if convicted. You will need an aggressive criminal defense attorney representing you throughout all stages of the legal process, including interrogations with the police.

Hirsch Law Group is experienced in representing clients facing attempted murder charges. If you are convicted of attempted murder charges, it can affect your ability to obtain housing and employment in the future. If you have children, a judge may decide that it is in your children’s best interest not to live with you, resulting in loss of custody. 

Vehicular Homicide

If you are operating a motor vehicle and someone is killed, you could be charged with vehicular homicide. Vehicular homicide isn’t limited to the death of other passengers; it also includes the death of pedestrians and bystanders involved in the incident. The sentence for vehicular homicide ranges from 2–5 years in prison. Penalties may become more severe if other charges are filed, such as aggravated DUI if alcohol is involved. 

Those who are survived by a vehicular homicide victim can pursue a civil lawsuit for compensation of the following:

  • Funeral costs

  • Medical expenses

  • Loss of income

  • Loss of consortium

If you are facing vehicular homicide charges or are survived by a victim of vehicular homicide call Hirsch Law Group immediately for aggressive legal representation.

Why Quality Representation Matters

Facing a murder charge can be an overwhelming experience, filled with anxiety and uncertainty. Having an experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer by your side can help you through this challenging time, ensuring your rights are protected and fighting for a fair outcome. Here’s why quality representation from Hirsch Law Group matters in such cases:

  • Expert Guidance: We have extensive experience handling complex murder cases, providing expert guidance throughout the legal process.

  • Strong Defense: Our Chicago criminal defense lawyers work tirelessly to build a strong, aggressive defense, challenging evidence and finding weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.

  • Former Prosecutors: Our attorneys are former prosecutors with an intimate knowledge of the criminal justice system and a deep understanding of negotiating successfully for favorable outcomes.

  • Client Advocacy: We understand that your freedom is at stake, and we will fight aggressively to protect your rights and secure a positive outcome.

At Hirsch Law Group, we understand the serious nature of criminal charges and are dedicated to providing our clients with superior legal representation. We will guide you through the criminal process and provide the detailed advice and information necessary to make informed decisions about your case.

Award Winning Attorneys – Multiple Former Prosecutors on our Team

We have defended murder cases successfully. They are the most important cases we handle because the outcome can cause someone to spend the rest of their life in jail. In Illinois, anyone convicted of murder is not entitled to an early release for good behavior.

Our experienced attorneys will thoroughly scrutinize every piece of evidence, cross-exam witnesses, and call in expert witnesses to defend each client aggressively. If your case goes to trial, HIRSCH LAW GROUP will provide a quality criminal legal defense by experienced attorneys.