First Degree Murder
If you have been accused of first degree murder, you have the right to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience that we will use in your defense. Perhaps more importantly, our top criminal defense attorney is a former senior prosecutor who knows how district attorneys handle these cases. That knowledge allows us to create effective strategies ranging from negotiation to courtroom battles.
Whether in the Denver area, or anywhere in Colorado, first degree murder must commonly occur in one of three manners: (1) intentional murder where the person after deliberation and with intent to cause the death of a person, does cause the death of that person or of another person; (2) felony murder, which means that someone was killed in the course of another crime such as arson, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, and sexual assault; (3) extreme indifference murder where the person does not target anyone in particular but given his extreme indifference to life generally he engages in conduct that creates a grave risk of death to a person, and thereby causes the death of another. An example of this latter category would be for a person to detonate a bomb in a crowd of people.
Possible Consequences for First Degree Murder
Murder in the First Degree is a class 1 felony and is known as a capital offense. Upon conviction, there are only two possible sentences: (1) life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, or (2) the death penalty.
Possible Defenses for First Degree Murder
In the case of intentional first degree murder, the defense may center on the fact that the person did not intend to kill anyone, and that the resulting death was an accident, resulting in a conviction for a lesser offense. It may also be possible to demonstrate that the killing occurred in self defense.
Homicide cases require a comprehensive defense approach that may require the assistance of other professionals in a variety of different disciplines to analyze all aspects of the case. The defense may require experts in the areas of gunshot residue (“GSR”), DNA, serology, emergency medicine, psychology, psychiatry, human reaction, firearms, toolmarks, footmarks, tiremarks, crime scene investigations, and police procedure.
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