First Degree Murder Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are facing a first degree murder charge in Chicago, Illinois, you want experienced litigators on your side. You have the right to an attorney, and if you cannot afford one, then the state will appoint a public defender to represent you in court. Public defenders are hard-working individuals, but they have enormous caseloads to juggle with limited resources.

If you are facing a first-degree murder charge, you need expert legal guidance and representation from a legal team that has the time and resources to fully investigate your case. The burden of proof lies with the prosecutor, who must prove beyond a reasonable double that the defendant is guilty of murder.

Call the Chicago Assault and Battery Defense Lawyers of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC at (312) 644-0444 for a consultation now.

Do I Need a Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer?

First-degree murder is one of the most serious criminal charges. In Illinois, a first degree murder conviction carries a minimum 20-year prison sentence. If the prosecution can prove certain aggravating factors were also present, you may face a life sentence.

As you can imagine, first-degree murder charges can have severe emotional, legal, and financial consequences on you and your family. If you have been accused of a crime or learn there is a pending investigation, it is critical to contact Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC as quickly as possible.

Our experienced legal team has the resources to fully investigate your case, which may result in a dismissal or reduction of the charges. Our extensive history and commitment to pursuing an aggressive and effective defense are evident in the testimonials from our clients.

Homicide and Murder Charges

There are different types of murder charges that depend on the circumstances of the death. In a first degree murder charge, the prosecutors must prove that the killing was without justification. The defendant must have also acted with intent to kill or cause grave bodily harm, which may result from an assault and battery. You may also have first degree murder charges when a person dies during a felony act.

The prosecutor may also bring second-degree murder charges. They must prove that someone has been killed while acting under sudden and intense passion. This could be the result of serious provocation by the victim. Second degree murder may also apply if someone is killed in self-defense, but the force used to defend themselves was not reasonably justified. The penalty for second degree murder in Illinois is a sentence of four to 15 years in prison and up to four years of probation.

A person may also be charged with manslaughter, possibly as due to of injuries resulting from an assault. Involuntary manslaughter happens when someone’s death is unintentional. If someone died when the defendant was driving a car, this is called reckless homicide. The sentence for manslaughter or reckless homicide is two to five years in prison and the potential for up to 30 months of probation. However, if other circumstances are present, you may face more serious charges. For example, the death of a police officer or an accident in a school zone may upgrade the charges to a class 2 felony. This comes with a longer jail term.

Why Choose Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC to Represent You?

The team at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC has fought for over 25 years on behalf of our clients. We take our client responsibilities seriously, and it’s an honor to advocate on your behalf in the criminal justice system. We work every day to satisfy our clients and get superior results. This has led to many of our clients’ referring their friends and family to us.

Each day our legal team works hard to prevent a conviction and help our clients maintain a clean record. It is important that you select the right attorney to represent you in a first-degree murder charge. The attorney you choose will have a significant effect on the outcome of your case. Experienced lawyers with a proven track record are who you need to protect your rights.

With our team, you can expect to hear the truth from our lawyers, receive 100 percent of our effort, be professionally represented by an experienced and dedicated legal team, and get fair fees for our services. We believe that our results speak for themselves. However, it is also important to recognize that every case is unique. While we have a strong record of fighting hard for our clients’ rights and winning, our past successes are not a guarantee of success in future cases.

What Are Possible Defense Strategies?

If you are charged with first-degree murder, our legal team will carefully examine the evidence, police procedure, eyewitness statements, and other relevant facts. Whenever possible, it is our goal to exonerate our clients. We analyze potential strategies for your defense. In some cases, this may include arguing diminished capacity or insanity, presenting alternate scenarios based on evidence, or highlighting flaws or weaknesses. Several defenses that can be considered include:

  • Self-defense: If it can be proven that the defendant was provoked by the individual who was killed and that the defendant was not the initial aggressor, then self-defense may be an option
  • Intoxication: This defense may be appropriate if the defendant was intoxicated and lacks the capacity to understand the impact of what was done,
  • Lack of requisite intent: In this defense, the defendant lacks the intent to purposefully or knowingly cause injury and bodily harm.
  • Insanity: In this case, the defendant engages in conduct that results in the death of another. However, since in the defendant’s mental state they were not capable of understanding their actions, an insanity defense may be used.

If a defendant is found guilty, they cannot be sentenced to death for first-degree murder in the state of Illinois. How long their prison sentence will be is determined during a sentencing hearing. At this time, the judge hears evidence from the prosecutor and criminal defense attorney on factors that may affect sentencing.

For example, evidence that there were aggravating or mitigating factors can increase or reduce the penalty. Several mitigating factors that may be considered include:

  • Extreme emotional distress
  • History of extreme emotional or physical abuse
  • Reduced mental capacity
  • No significant history of prior criminal activity

When You Face Murder Charges, You Want Skilled Attorneys on Your Side

If you are facing criminal prosecution for first-degree murder, you need an experienced legal team at your side. The attorneys of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC have honed their trial skills for over 25 years. They understand the work and resources required to protect your rights. In the eyes of the law, every client is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Our legal team is tenacious and fights aggressively for our clients within the legal system. We understand how overwhelming the process can be. This is why we have a phone number that is answered day or night, and we charge a fair price for our services. Since 1990, we have served the needs of over 20,000 clients and work hard to give each case 100 percent of our effort. We understand that no two cases are alike, and so we follow a 12-step process to ensure nothing slips through the cracks.

If you have been arrested or charged with first degree murder, it’s crucial that you engage the services of a skilled legal team. Call our office today at (312) 644-0444 to schedule your confidential consultation. We’ll evaluate your case and discuss your options. Your defense is in good hands with Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC.