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 attorney that not only is presentable and articulate for purposes of the media, you will need an attorney that is an exhaustive investigator and detail-oriented. Murder cases are multi faceted, involving medical information and material, extensive police and F.B.I. investigations and numerous legal theories and witnesses.
Timing is everything when you are charged with the offense of murder. You will need a lawyer immediately.
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 this means that the accused acted under sudden intense passion resulting from provocation. People acting in self defense can 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 carries a sentence of 2-5 years. Involuntary manslaughter occurs when someone is killed accidently 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 the death of a police officer.
Attempt to commit first degree murder is a Class X felony. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident that occurred which includes aggravated factors you could be facing a life sentence. Read Illinois statues 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.
If you are operating a motor vehicle and someone is killed, then 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.
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We have defended murder cases successfully. They are the most important cases that 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 entitles to an early release for good behavior. Our experienced team of attorneys will scrutinize every piece of evidence thoroughly, cross exam witnesses and call in expert witnesses to aggressively defend each client. If your case goes to trial, HIRSCH LAW GROUP will provide a quality criminal legal defense by experienced attorneys.