Not all homicides are crimes. They range from murder and manslaughter, which violate criminal laws, to cases of justified self-defense. The charges of murder and manslaughter can include varying degrees of severity and, in turn, include varying degrees of penalties and punishments. Murder in Oklahoma, like across the United States, is taken very seriously. If you or your loved one may be charged with or is even suspected of murder, time is of the essence. You need to act swiftly in order to fight for you rights and freedom.
Contact your Oklahoma Criminal Defense lawyers at Chavers & Guhl LLP. With experience in more than 130 criminal jury trials and our time as prosecutors, we have the knowledge and experience to help get you the best possible outcome for your case.
First-degree murder is the most serious and therefore carries the greatest penalties. It must be both intentional and premeditated. If you are convicted of first-degree murder, you could face the death penalty, life in prison without parole or life imprisonment.
One may be charged with first-degree murder if any death occurs during some violent felonies, such as arson, kidnapping, rape and robbery.
Vehicular manslaughter involves killing someone by negligent use of a vehicle. Vehicular manslaughter cases range from drunk driving accidents to a passenger’s death from running a stop light or sign.
Also in Oklahoma, two bills signed into law in 2005 recognizes an embryo or fetus from conception to live birth as a possible victim as well. Due to this, a defendant can be charged with murder if the defendant’s actions are deemed to have ended the fetus’ life.
With experience on both sides of the court room, these former prosecutors have a unique perspective as they fight for your rights. Chavers & Guhl LLP will be with you every step of the way. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.