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Invoke your rights quickly when necessary

Suspects in crimes have rights that they can invoke if they are being detained or arrested. These are important to remember because they can have a direct impact on the outcome of your case. If you are facing a serious charge, such as murder, you don't want to fail to invoke your rights because this could time behind bars.

Evaluate defense options for a homicide case

Facing homicide charges, which include murder and manslaughter, isn't something that can be ignored. These charges aren't going to go away if you try to forget about them. Because of the very nature of them, the criminal justice system usually takes a very harsh stance against these crimes. It is imperative that you take the time to learn about what options you have to fight the charges against you.

Homicide charges may be answered with a self-defense claim

Taking another human's life is something that most people hope they never have to do. When you are facing a difficult decision of how to best protect yourself, you might not have a choice. If your life is in danger, you will do what it takes to save your own life. Even in this case, there is a chance that you might face a homicide charge.

Evidence is vital in murder cases

When you are facing a murder charge, you have to examine all the evidence against you so that you know exactly what you are up against. One of the things to consider is that the police officers have likely done quite a bit of investigative work to present information to the district attorney to show who committed the crime. There are several ways that they can do this.

Evaluate prosecutor's evidence for places to introduce doubt

Fighting a murder charge is a complex undertaking that you can't ever rush. You might think that everything about a case seems clear-cut but that's seldom the reality. One thing you can count on for certain, however, is that the prosecutor is searching for ways to shore up the case against you -- and you need to do the same for your defense!

First degree murder charges are only appropriate in some cases

First-degree murder is a very serious charge that can lead to a host of legal issues. A person who is facing this charge is looking at the possibility of life in prison if they are convicted. The death penalty is also possible in Oklahoma. These harsh sentences mean that those who are charged with this crime need to work diligently on a defense strategy that can work to either minimize the penalties or prove the person wasn't guilty of the crime.

Murder charges are sometimes downgraded in plea bargains

While no criminal charges should ever be taken lightly, a murder charge is one that must be taken very seriously. You can face a long term in prison, depending on what type of murder charge you are up against. There are specific differences in the criteria for murder charges. Knowing the ones for the charge you are facing might help you with the defense planning.

Pay attention to facts and presentation methods in your defense

Facing murder charges can mean that your own life is on the line if that charge is in the first degree. This is a serious matter because you can end up behind bars for the remainder of your natural life. When you are in this position, you have to think carefully about what you are going to do. There are usually several options that you can explore in these cases.

Domestic violence accusations are sometimes false

Domestic violence is often misunderstood. For the men and women who face criminal charges for spousal abuse, the underlying cause of the incident is often forgotten. Over the holidays, there are many things that might contribute to violent incidents. Trying to think ahead to minimize the risk of the repercussions might be beneficial and could help you to avoid going to jail for domestic violence.

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