About Being Charged with Murder in Self-Defense in Massachusetts
Murder Defense Lawyers: Brockton, Canton, Taunton, Quincy, Braintree, Weymouth MA
Many suspects accused of murder invoke pleas of self-defense, which can be very difficult to prove to a judge or jury. A person who claims to have committed homicide in self-defense must demonstrate a reasonable belief that his life was in immediate danger, and that the use of deadly force was therefore justified. The key word here is “immediate” — a self-defense claim won’t work if you merely “sensed” that you were in danger, or if the person you are accused of murdering was not carrying any kind of lethal (or even potentially lethal) weapon.
Another subtlety of a self-defense murder plea is that you must show that you had no reasonable means of escape. If you could have avoided harm to life or limb by simply walking down the street, or leaving a bar or restaurant, a claim of self-defense will not carry much weight.
The attorneys at The Noonan Defense Firm will work with you or your loved one to establish the groundwork for a self-defense plea, or, if necessary, a plea to a murder charge carrying less severe penalties, such as voluntary or involuntary manslaughter.
Free Consultation – Trial Lawyer to Plead Murder in Self-Defense
Any charge involving murder is serious; the prosecutor will seek to prove you did not act in self-defense and may seek the maximum penalty. When you hire our law firm to handle your defense, you are hiring an attorney experienced in Massachusetts homicide law who can navigate you or your loved one expertly through any type of murder charge.
For a free initial consultation with an experienced murder defense trial lawyer call our Brockton, Massachusetts law firm at (508) 584-6955 to discuss your case. We can offer you an aggressive legal defense, but you need to take the first step and make the call. If you prefer, you can also use our Free Online Case Evaluation Form.
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