Homicide charges include murder,
manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. All
of these counts include an action, intentional, reckless or negligent, that ultimately
results in the death of another person. Homicides are complex crimes
to defend, varying greatly on of the specific facts of the case and the particular
crime charged. All homicide charges are felonies. The most
common charge is Murder in the Second Degree, which if convicted, carries a sentence
range from 15 years to life to 25 years to life. With such serious
punishments, most homicide cases should, and do, go to trial.
Homicide charges are the most serious
category of charges in our criminal justice system. Only the most
experienced prosecutors and police investigators handle these cases and they go
to the utmost effort to obtain a conviction. They interview all witnesses,
analyze each piece of evidence, try to coerce a statement or admission out of every
suspect and monitor all the phone calls and letters from any suspect in jail. In
these cases, the prosecution usually presents every type of evidence imaginable
including fingerprints, DNA, admissions or confessions by the defendant, eyewitness
testimony, ballistics, and various types of expert and forensic testimony in order
to obtain a conviction.
Clearly an experienced defense attorney
with extensive trial experience is an absolute necessity in defending any
Mr. Nobles and Mr. DeCarolis are those attorneys.
- We have handled and tried numerous homicide
cases individually and as a team.
- Our experience and tenacity have
led us to win many of our homicide trials.
- We have handled cases involving every
conceivable and recognizable type of evidence including: ballistics,
autopsies, DNA, fingerprints, confessions, false statements, eye witness testimony,
expert testimony, gun powder residue, accident reconstruction, toxicology, serology,
footprint castings, video and audio tapes, crime scene photos, phone and text
message records, cell site data, 911 tapes, trace evidence, justification (self-defense)
and even the insanity defense. We know how to analyze, challenge and defend
against each and every one of these types of evidence.
- We always carry out our own investigations
and hire our own
experts to review the evidence and to uncover other leads
in our cases.
- We have the experience, knowledge
and track record to successfully defend homicide cases, or to negotiate a plea
deal that is in the best interest of our clients.
Some career highlights fighting homicide charges:
- In 2007, Mr. Nobles represented his first
client charged with murder and obtained a NOT GUILTY verdict
in this first murder trial.
- In 2008, Mr. Nobles won a homicide case against
a team of two prosecutors, one of which was his former supervisor and mentor.
- In 2009, Mr. Nobles prevented the prosecution
from obtaining homicide convictions against his clients four out of five times. In
two of those, the clients were found NOT GUILTY of all charges.
- Also in 2009, Mr. Nobles negotiated a reduction
from Murder to Burglary with a 13 year sentence as opposed to the client going
to trial and facing the possibility of 25 years to life if convicted (this client
did not testify against anyone, but his two co-defendants were both convicted
and are currently serving 25 years to life).
- In 2011, Mr. Nobles successfully defeated
a homicide case in the Grand Jury. The case was COMPLETELY DISMISSED
within two months of his client's initial arrest.
- In 2011, Mr. Nobles and Mr. DeCarolis together
defended the murder prosecution of a University of Rochester student accused
of killing his friend and fellow classmate. He was found NOT GUILTY
after a two-week trial based on self-defense.
- In 2013, Mr. DeCarolis prepared his client
to testify in the Grand Jury against the charge of murder in the 2nd degree.
The Grand Jury DISMISSED all homicide charges of any kind in
less than two weeks after Mr. DeCarolis' client was originally charged.
- In 2013, Mr. Nobles went to trial against
a team of two prosecutors accusing a Pittsford man of murder in the 2nd degree
for shooting his former roommate in the back. The jury ACQUITTED
Mr. Nobles' client of all charges.
If you are charged with a homicide or any other
serious crime, having
Nobles & DeCarolis by your side is your best defense.
To schedule a free case evaluation, call (585) 546-1260.