Murder and Felony Murder Defense Attorney, Brockton, MA
Murder Trial Lawyer With The Experience You Need for Your Defense
If you have been charged, arrested or are facing an investigation regarding a murder contact us immediately for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case.
The can provide you with a competent and aggressive Massachusetts criminal defense attorney with experience in representing defendants at murder trials. Our experience, and thorough investigation and case preparation is what makes the difference in the outcome in our clients’ cases.
In Massachusetts, prosecutors will always aggressively pursue cases involving the death of another human. You need a criminal defense attorney with trial law experience to launch an aggressive defense.
Our knowledge and skill along with the dedication and hands-on personalized attention our clients receive goes a long way in relieving the stress and worrying that comes with murder and felony murder charges.
The Massachusetts statute creates degrees of murder based on certain criteria, but does not create different crimes. In other words, a defendant charged with murder may be charged either in the first degree or in the second degree, but not both for the same act. This is important to understand because the punishments differ according to the means of commission employed.
First Degree Murder
M.G.L.A. 265 s 1 defines murder in the first as any murder committed with deliberately premeditated malice aforethought, or with extreme atrocity or cruelty, or in the commission or attempted commission of a crime punishable with death or imprisonment for life, is murder in the first degree. A murder that doesn’t meet these standards is murder in the second degree.
Felony Murder Distinguished
Under the above-mentioned statute, a murder committed in the commission or attempted commission of a crime punishable with death or imprisonment for life, is murder in the first degree. So a murder committed during the commission of a robbery, which itself is a felony punishable by life imprisonment, may support a murder in the first degree charge. The intent to commit the felony (in this example a robbery) is substituted for the malice aforethought required for a murder charge.
In addition, a murder committed while the defendant was trying to flee the scene of an attempted robbery may result in a first-degree murder charge. Finally, a co-defendant could also be charged with felony murder arising out of joint venture to commit a crime punishable with death or imprisonment (in this example a robbery) if the prosecution can show the co-defendant shared the mental state required for the robbery and participated in the crime as aider or abettor.
Facing Murder Charges? Call for a Free Consultation
Our knowledgeable and experienced Massachusetts Murder Defense Attorneys at The Noonan Defense Firm are available to assist clients throughout all of Southeast Massachusetts, including but not limited to Brockton, Taunton, Bridgewater, Weymouth, Hingham, Quincy, Plymouth, Marshfield, Attleboro, Canton, Stoughton and all smaller cities and rural areas in Southern Massachusetts. We also serve the counties of Plymouth, Norfolk and Bristol Massachusetts.
No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call the Boston Defense Lawyer to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 584-6955 and you will have taken your first step to find out how best to confront this important matter. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.
- Murder in the First Degree
- Second-Degree Murder
- Voluntary Manslaughter
- Involuntary Manslaughter
- Murder in Self-Defense
- Vehicular Homicide