Common Defenses against Murder Charges

Murder charges are among the most severe charges with which a person can be faced. This is largely due to the fact that murder convictions carry some of the heaviest legal and social consequences. However, proving a first degree murder charge can be somewhat difficult as well due to the severe repercussions a conviction carries. This typically allows defense attorneys to employ a wide range of strategies when defending clients against murder charges.

If you are being accused of murder, you will need an aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Contact a Milwaukee murder defense lawyer of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys today.

Murder Defenses

There are two broad categories for murder defenses. One is when a defense attorney tries to show that the prosecution is trying the wrong person and the second is when an attorney admits that the accused murderer killed, but did so in a manner that was justified. Both categories of murder defenses can hold weight depending on the circumstances of the trial. Some examples of common murder defenses include:

  • Airtight alibis
  • Mistaken identity
  • Self-defense
  • Defense of others
  • Killing in the name of duty

Other murder defenses, such as insanity pleas, are also allowed under very specific circumstances.

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If you are being accused of murder, a Milwaukee murder defense attorney of Hart Powell, S.C. has the experience and tenacity you need in your criminal defense attorney. Call us at (414) 271-9595 to learn more about how we can serve you.

Written by Michael Hart & Craig Powell

Last Updated : January 13, 2016