Hopkinsville Homicide Defense Attorney
No criminal matter is more serious than being wrongfully accused of homicide. In fact, a number of attorneys refuse to handle cases involving alleged murder due to the complexity of these case types and the years of experience it requires to secure the best possible outcome for their client.
Prosecutors in Kentucky never take charges lightly when a death is involved. They will pursue harsh sentences anytime murder or manslaughter is alleged. And depending on the type of criminal homicide you are facing, a conviction could mean your life is forever altered.
Types of Criminal Homicide in Kentucky
The state of Kentucky classifies the taking of another person’s life into 4 distinct categories:
Under state law if a person knowingly and with intent takes the life of another in the state of Kentucky, they can be charged with murder in the first degree.
First Degree Manslaughter
Kentucky code defines First Degree Manslaughter as having the intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, and or causing death to that person, or that of another person.
An example of First Degree Manslaughter would be a fistfight between two men that results in the accidental death of one of the aggressors.
Second Degree Manslaughter
Kentucky code defines Second Degree Manslaughter as wantonly causing the death of another person, including but not limited to death resulting from operation of a motor vehicle.
An example of Second Degree Manslaughter might be the accidental killing of a hunter during deer season.
The least serious of all charges, Reckless Homicide occurs when a person recklessly causes the death of another person. Someone is defined as acting recklessly when they fail to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk that should have been apparent.
An example of reckless homicide might involve a person speeding through a neighborhood and accidentally hitting a child who runs into the street.
Building Your Criminal Defense Case
The Fletcher Law Firm is committed to uncovering the truth in cases that involve murder and/or manslaughter charges. Having an experienced and trial-tested criminal attorney is never more important than in these types of cases.
The key to building a favorable defense will often involve evidence, and to ensure evidence is not lost or destroyed it is critical that you retain an experienced Kentucky defense attorney as soon as possible. Any delay in hiring an attorney to represent you against these charges can mean the difference between an innocent or guilty verdict.
In addition to physical evidence, the Fletcher Law Firm will tirelessly work to seek out witnesses to help defend your position as well as provide positive statements about your character.
Speak to a Hopkinsville Homicide Defense Attorney Today
No other crime in the state of Kentucky is given as much attention or aggressive prosecution as murder and/or manslaughter. No expense will be spared by the State to make their case against you.
It is critical that you contact an experienced Kentucky defense team as soon as possible so that we can ensure your rights are protected and begin building a case that provides a favorable outcome on your behalf.
If you've been wrongfully accused of murder or manslaughter in Kentucky, call us for a FREE consultation at 270-885-7671.
We have successfully represented the wrongfully accused throughout the state of Kentucky, including Western Kentucky, Hopkinsville (Christian County), Trigg County, Logan County and Todd County.
The Fletcher Law Firm is dedicated to helping you through this stressful time, and we look forward to going to work for you.