Effective Representation against Murder Charges
Murder charges are some of the most serious criminal charges that can be filed. In fact, when someone stands accused of murder or manslaughter, their freedom and future – possibly even their life – may be on the line.
At Jason Clark, P.C., our Brunswick defense lawyer, Jason Clark, is dedicated to providing those accused of murder and manslaughter with the strongest possible defense to help them protect their rights and interests in these serious felony cases.
Firmly committed to upholding the ideal that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, Attorney Jason Clark has the experience, knowledge and resources you can rely on for zealous legal advocacy, as well as the best possible outcome to your case, when you have been charged with murder or any violent crime.
Types of Georgia Murder & Homicide Charges: An Overview
Georgia law does not distinguish between “degrees” of murder charges (such as first-degree or second-degree murder). Instead, the criminal statutes differentiate between:
Felony murder charges (O.C.G.A. 16-5-1)
Usually filed in cases when the homicide allegedly involved “malice aforethought” (meaning that the killing was planned and intentional) or when the homicide occurred in the commission of some other inherently dangerous felony offense (such as a robbery or arson, for instance). Upon conviction, felony murder charges can be punishable by life in prison or even death, depending on the circumstances of the case.
Voluntary manslaughter charges (O.C.G.A. 16-5-2)
Typically filed in cases when the homicide was allegedly intentional and resulted from some sudden, serious provocation that would be sufficient to rattle a “reasonable” person. Upon conviction, voluntary manslaughter charges can be punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Involuntary manslaughter charges (O.C.G.A. 16-5-3)
Generally filed in cases when the homicide was accidental and unintentional but allegedly resulted from some form of reckless or negligent behavior. Upon conviction, involuntary manslaughter charges can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Defending the Accused against Murder & Homicide Charges
Although homicide charges and the associated penalties are incredibly serious, there can be a number of defense options in these cases, only some of which may include (but may not be exclusive to) arguing or establishing that:
- The homicide resulted from a necessary act of self-defense.
- Witnesses misidentified the accused as the perpetrator.
- There was serious provocation/the act was committed in the “heat of passion.”
- There is enough reasonable doubt that someone else could have committed the offense.
Contact Brunswick Criminal Defense Attorney Jason Clark
If you have been charged with murder, manslaughter or another violent crime, contact Brunswick Criminal Defense Attorney Jason Clark to find out more about your best defense options. With more than a decade of experience litigating criminal cases, including death penalty cases, Attorney Jason Clark can position your case for the best possible resolution, protecting your freedom, reputation and future in the process.
Contact our firm today by calling 912.264.1999 or by using the request form.
From offices based in Brunswick, Attorney Jason Clark provides superior defense representation to clients throughout Brunswick, Darien, St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Woodbine, Kingsland, St. Mary’s, Glynn County, McIntosh County, Camden County, the state of Georgia, and the U.S.