Murder and Attempted Murder Criminal Defense Lawyer
Murder and Attempted Murder are two of the most serious criminal charges a person may face. If convicted of murder in Louisiana, you may face a severe sentence like life in prison or even death. This is a complicated section of the law and the charges and potential sentences are serious, so you need a qualified, experienced Louisiana criminal defense attorney who will work to protect your innocence and your future. Call Harold E. Weiser today at 504-358-2273 or 504-220-9086 to schedule a free consultation with your Louisiana Murder or Attempted Murder defense attorney.
You need a qualified Louisiana Murder attorney to defend your rights and protect your future
If you have been arrested for or charged with murder or attempted murder in any of these areas or elsewhere in Louisiana, the experienced murder defense team at the Weiser Law Firm in New Orleans we will work with you to craft an appropriate defense to these charges. In many cases, we will work to get those charges reduced to negligent homicide or manslaughter charges, less serious charges with correspondingly less severe sentences. With a strong defense crafted by the lawyers ate Weiser Law Firm, you may even be acquitted of your homicide, murder, or attempted murder charges.
The consequences of a murder or attempted murder charge can become even more severe if the police or investigators claim that the alleged murder or attempted murder occurred in conjunction with another crime like rape or robbery, if it involved the use of a weapon, or if you have any prior convictions. In these cases, The Weiser Law Firm will work to minimize the influence of these factors, in addition to working to reduce the main charge.
In certain cases, Attorney Harold E. Weiser III, the murder defense attorney may be able to argue that the murder for which you are being charged was actually a justifiable homicide. In Louisiana, a homicide is legally justifiable when:
- The person committing the homicide reasonably believes s/he is in imminent danger of losing his/her own life and that killing the assailant is the only way to protect his/her body and life
- The homicide was committed for the purpose of preventing a violent crime attack or forcible felony involving danger to life or body
- The homicide was committed against a person reasonably believed to be likely to use unlawful force to threaten the body or life of another.
- The homicide was committed by a personal lawfully inside a dwelling, home, business, or vehicle, against a person making unlawful entry, with the use of force reasonably believed to be the only method of preventing that entry
In other words, if the homicide in question is proved to have been committed in defense of your property, yourself, or others, it is not murder but rather justifiable homicide.
As someone charged with murder in Louisiana, you have constitutionally guaranteed legal rights
If you are charged with or arrested for murder or attempted murder in Louisiana, you must make sure to not provide any information to police or investigators until you have spoken with a lawyer. You have the legal right to an attorney and do not have to say anything until you have spoken with your legal representation. Anything you tell police can and will be used against you by the prosecution, so insist upon your right to an attorney. From the moment you contact and hire the Louisiana murder defense attorneys at The Weiser Law, we will work to protect your rights while conducting our own investigation, in order to protect your reputation and your future.
Manslaughter and Negligent Homicide
According to the Louisiana legal code, homicide is defined as the killing of another person and can be divided into a number of categories. The most serious form of homicide is murder, which is intentional homicide or homicide committed in the course of a violent crime. Other types of homicide, all of which are also very serious, are manslaughter, negligent homicide, and vehicular homicide. If you have been arrested for or charged with any of these crimes in the state of Louisiana, call The Weiser Law Firm at 504-358-2273 or 504-220-9086 to speak with a New Orleans homicide defense lawyer.
Louisiana Manslaughter Defense Attorney
Manslaughter in Louisiana is a homicide that would normally be considered first- or second-degree murder, but which was committed in such a sudden passion that a normal person would be deprived of their regular faculties. A homicide is only manslaughter rather than murder if it was committed immediately following provocation. If the jury believes that enough time had passed that your “blood had actually cooled”, you will be charged with murder instead.
If convicted of manslaughter in Louisiana, you will be sentenced to a maximum of 40 years in prison. However, if the victim of the manslaughter was under 10 years old and died as a result of battery, the sentencing scale differs. In this case, you will be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years, with a maximum of 50. Unlike a regular manslaughter sentence, with this second type of manslaughter you have no chance of shortening your prison term through parole or suspension.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your Louisiana manslaughter charge, The Weiser Law Firm is here to help. As a person charged with a crime, you have certain constitutionally guaranteed legal rights which The Weiser Law Firm is able to protect. From our law office in Mid-City New Orleans, we will conduct our own investigation into the incident to determine if the prosecution has enough evidence to support the manslaughter charge. We will negotiate to have your charge dropped, dismissed, or reduced to negligent homicide if possible, as well as negotiating to have your sentence reduced. If necessary, we will try the case in the local or state court.
Louisiana Negligent Homicide
In Louisiana, negligent homicide is a less severe charge than murder or manslaughter, but it still carries serious repercussions. Negligent homicide is the killing of a person by criminal negligence. You will only be charged with negligent homicide in Louisiana if the act that caused the homicide broke a law.
If convicted of negligent homicide, you may face up to five years in prison, unless the victim was under 10 years old, in which case you will face two to five years without the hope of parole or suspension.
Louisiana Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular homicide is defined as the killing of a person caused proximately or directly by a person operating a vehicle. But in Louisiana, you can be charged with vehicular homicide even if the vehicle in question was not a car. You can also be charged with vehicular homicide if you were operating:
- A motor vehicle, such as a motorcycle or RV
- A boat
- An aircraft
- A bicycle
- Or any other mode of conveyance.
You will only be charged with vehicular homicide if the homicide occurred while you were impaired by alcohol or drugs. In this way, the guidelines for vehicular homicide are very similar to those for DUI or DWI in Louisiana. The Weiser Law Firm boasts an experienced and certified Louisiana DUI/DWI lawyer who deeply understands the law as it pertains to your vehicular homicide charge. He will craft an appropriate defense for your case and work to have your charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced.
The sentences for vehicular homicide in Louisiana are steep, and you may see yourself facing up to $15,000 in fines and up to 30 years in prison. The experienced Louisiana homicide defense lawyers at The Weiser Law Firm are skilled at negotiating to minimize sentences in order to minimize your loss of freedom and livelihood.
Centrally located in Mid-City New Orleans, the Weiser Law Firm serves clients from across Louisiana, including:
- New Orleans and Algiers
- Metairie, Kenner, Gretna, and the rest of Jefferson Parish
- Slidell, Covington, and the rest of St. Tammany Parish
- Chalmette and St. Bernard Parish
- LaPlace and St. John the Baptist Parish
- Des Allemands and St. Charles Parish
- Belle Chase and Plaquemines Parish
Because of the severity of the crime, law enforcement in all parts of the seven-parish Greater New Orleans area take charges of murder, attempted murder, Homicide or Manslaughter very seriously. If you have been charged with either of these crimes anywhere in the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner area, including the Northshore and River Parishes, The Weiser Law Firm can help you preserve your innocence and your good name.
Let The Weiser Law Firm help you by contacting us today. Call us at 504-358-2273 or 504-220-9086.