Murder Defense in Chicago
Experienced Legal Counsel from Our Criminal Lawyer
If you are arrested and charged with murder in Illinois, your life will
change forever. Even before the trial even starts, you may already be
considered guilty in the eyes of the prosecution, media, and public. Not
only are you facing the possibility of life in prison, but your reputation
can be permanently damaged.
Law Office of Steven Fine, our Chicago criminal defense attorney is prepared to protect your rights,
reputation, and freedom. With
more than 20 years of experience, he has a thorough understanding of state and federal laws and court proceedings
to help you navigate through the possible complexities of your
violent crime case.
Do not hesitate to get skilled and reliable legal assistance today by calling
(312) 436-0638 today.
There are two types of murder/homicide charges in Illinois – first-degree
murder and second-degree murder. Out of the two charges, first degree
is considered the most serious.
To prove that someone committed first-degree murder, the prosecutor must
demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant killed another
person without lawful justification and either one or more of the following:
- Intended to kill or commit great bodily harm to that person (or understood
that the act would do so)
- Knowledge that the acts ensure a strong possibility of causing death or
great bodily harm to the person
- The defendant was attempting or committed a forcible felony (besides second-degree murder)
First-degree murder is punishable by a minimum prison sentence of 20 years
and a maximum prison sentence of 60 years. However, if aggravating factors
are present, such as the murder of a child, elderly person, corrections
officer, etc., a defendant may face life in prison.
The difference between first-degree murder and second-degree murder is
that the latter was committed when the defendant was in a “state
of sudden and intense passion” caused by significant provocation.
Second-degree murder is considered a Class 1 felony, punishable by a prison
sentence of four and twenty years and a fine of up to $25,000.
Get a Former Prosecutor on Your Side
With the penalties this severe, it is imperative to retain legal services
from an experienced and qualified Chicago criminal defense lawyer. As a
former assistant state’s attorney and prosecutor, Attorney Fine fully understands how the opposition will approach your
case and can implement effective techniques that work against them. Our
criminal defense team can investigate your case and gather crucial evidence to develop
an aggressive and personalized defense strategy just for you.
Contact the Law Office of Steven Fine and request a
free consultation today.