Defense against Murder Charges
According to the Wall Street Journal, about 165,068 murders were committed in 49 US states (not including Florida) between 2000 and 2010, while in 2012, the reported cases numbered 12,765. Intentional homicide, otherwise referred to as murder or manslaughter, is the second most serious criminal offense (the first is treason). Though the terms homicide and murder are often used interchangeably, homicide has a wider scope than murder as it refers to acts that are either criminal or non-criminal (a non-criminal homicide signifies a justifiable act of killing, such as lawful self-defense, lawful defense of someone else, or mistake of fact).
Each murder case is characterized by its own circumstances and evidences and, more often than not, evidences that will point to the doer of the crime (and which will shed light on the crime itself) are made obscure by a lot of different factors. Thus, saving oneself from being convicted of murder will definitely require the help of nothing less than an exceptional lawyer, whose knowledge on criminal law and whose experience on criminal proceedings top many others.
Such are just the initial requirements, by the way, as more are necessary for a good and strong defense against a murder charge. A number of these include new evidences that authorities at the scene of the crime failed to discover or uncover, new witnesses, opinion and analysis of experts (such as a pathologist, a psychiatrist or psychologist, a DNA expert, a false confession expert, a mental health expert, a ballistics expert, a fingerprint expert, and others who can help clear the case.
Besides the contents of the defendant’s lawyer’s trial bag, how strong the defense is will also depend on how strong and convincing the arguments of the Westchester criminal defense lawyer are, and how well he/she will be able to counter arguments and depose witnesses from the opposing side.