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Homicide, also known as murder, is considered the most serious criminal offense in Maryland and the rest of the United States. A murder conviction can result in a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole and even the death penalty in some states. Since this type of violent crime often receives a significant amount of publicity, this means the media and the public may assume you are guilty before you ever step foot in court.
If you have been accused of homicide in Baltimore or the surrounding areas, our skilled criminal defense attorneys at Scheuerman Law, LLC can protect your rights, reputation, and future. We can conduct our own investigation, review evidence collected by law enforcement, find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and help you obtain the best possible outcome.
Murder Laws in Maryland
Homicide involves the act of intentionally taking another person’s life. There are several types of murder charges in the state, such as first-degree, second-degree, and felony murder. Additionally, attempted murder is also considered a criminal offense.
The following is a breakdown of the homicide charges in Maryland:
- First-degree murder – This type of homicide is defined as the deliberate and premeditated killing of an individual. If convicted of first-degree murder, a defendant can be sentenced to life in prison with or without the possibility of parole.
- Second-degree murder – This type of homicide is defined as the intentional and deliberate killing of an individual without premeditation. If convicted of second-degree murder, a defendant can be sentenced to a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
- Felony murder – This type of homicide arises when a death happens during the commission of a felony offense, including first-degree arson, robbery, burglary, carjacking, a first- or second-degree sex crime, kidnapping, escape from a correctional facility, or mayhem. Since felony murder, even if it is not intended, is also considered first-degree murder, a conviction results in a lifetime prison sentence with or without parole.
Due to the severity of these charges, having a criminal defense lawyer on your side can make a huge difference. Our goal is to help you either get your entire case dismissed or your charges significantly reduced to avoid remaining behind bars for the rest of your life. Do not hesitate to let us fight for you.
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