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Release from prison after a murder conviction can be challenging

Being accused of murder is a life-changing event, but being convicted of murder is more devastating. A defendant in this type of case must think carefully about their defense strategy. This includes the purpose of the defense. For some, the goal of the defense isn't to be found not guilty. Instead, it is to minimize the penalties that the person faces.

Carefully consider first-degree murder defense options

People who are facing a first-degree murder charge are in a fight for their life. When you are in this position, you should evaluate your possible defense options quickly so that you can start planning a strategy to address the prosecution's claims against you.

Defense options for voluntary manslaughter cases

A person facing a charge for voluntary manslaughter needs to think about their defense options as soon as possible. There are several that they need to consider, each of which can serve a different purpose. It is imperative to explore all options because you never know how they might work together to create a suitable strategy.

Felony murder charges don't require premeditation

When you think about first-degree murder, your mind might turn to a situation in which a person kills another person as part of a preconceived plan. You probably don't realize that there is one instance in which a person can be charged with first-degree murder without the intention to take a life or premeditation. This is known as felony murder in the Oklahoma criminal justice system.

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!

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