Hiring experienced defense attorneys with extensive trial experience is an absolute necessity in defending any homicide, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, or criminally negligent homicide case in Rochester, New York.
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 in 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 consequences, 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 invest 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.