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Intent to kill or malice aforethought in murder/homicide charges

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2018 | Murder / Homicide Charges |

Like other states, Oklahoma recognizes different kinds of murder/homicide charges. These include first and second degree murder, first and second degree manslaughter and negligent homicide. All of these charges are extremely serious and could cost you your freedom if you’re convicted.

If the prosecution can prove that you took a person’s life with malice aforethought, also called “intent to kill,” then your murder or homicide charges just took a turn for the worse. Even if no one died because of your alleged actions, you could still be in serious trouble if your arrest and subsequent charges include the intent to kill element.

As criminal defense attorneys, we understand how intent to kill can cripple a case, but at the same time, we know how to fight against this element of murder/homicide charges. For example, just introducing the intent to kill element in court is not enough for a prosecutor to win over a jury. The prosecution is obligated to prove a defendant’s alleged actions took place because he or she meant to cause a death.

An experienced criminal defense lawyer understands that it is not easy to prove malice aforethought, and in many cases, it is nearly impossible. By applying pressure to this potential weak spot in a prosecutor’s case, it is possible to have the intent to kill element removed from the evidence and the testimony. Disproving malice aforethought can even lead to reduced charges in many situations.

We know that preserving your human and civil rights as well as your freedom are your primary goals in facing down murder or homicide charges. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about building a successful defense strategy against any criminal charges you may be facing.