Murder and Manslaughter Defense Attorneys2018-09-10T19:44:09+00:00


Murder cases are highly complex. An attorney who agrees to represent an individual who has been charged with murder must have the skills, experience, and resources available to defend this type of case. The Manslaughter and Murder Attorneys at the Law Offices of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC have represented individuals charged with varying degrees of murder and manslaughter. They have worked with investigators, doctors and forensic experts including DNA experts and Crime Scene Reconstructionists, just to name a few.

The Key to a Good Defense

An attorney has to be willing to think outside the box, leave no stone unturned and contribute an enormous amount of hours to defending murder cases. Our attorneys are very particular about accepting these cases for this very reason. Your defense is our priority.

Once you retain our firm, the defense of your case begins immediately. Witnesses will be interviewed; motions will be filed and evidence that may have not otherwise been preserved will be analyzed and protected. Our office will request documents, police reports, pictures, witness lists and all other evidence the prosecuting agency has in its possession that is relevant to the case. While obtaining this documentation, our attorneys will be conducting a defensive investigation. It is important to remember that law enforcement officers do not always get it right and they do not always speak to every potential witness. They can miss key pieces of evidence that may prove to be beneficial for a defendant. Law enforcement officers do not work for defendants; we do. Therefore, it is so important to hire a knowledgeable and highly skilled attorney who has experience defending homicide cases.

Do I Have A Defense?

Of course, this question is impossible to answer without knowing more about your case. Our Manslaughter and Murder attorneys offer free consultations. Once we have had the opportunity to evaluate your case we are positioned to advise you of the possible defenses you may have. Some common defenses that recur in murder cases are:

  • Self-defense (justifiable homicide)
  • Defense of others
  • Excusable homicide
  • Stand your ground
  • Misidentification
  • Eyewitness
  • DNA evidence
  • Insanity
  • Lack of Intent

Types of Murder/Manslaughter Crimes

  • Murder (1st degree): This degree of homicide is typically charged when it is determined that the killing was of a premeditated design and/or occurred during the commission of a felony. It carries a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty.
  • Murder (2nd degree): To be convicted of 2nd-degree murder, the state must prove that the killing occurred during the act of a crime but not in a planned or premeditated way or manner. This may result from a “heat of passion” incident.
  • Murder (3rd degree): No premeditation and no malice. A 3rd-degree murder involves the killing of another during the commission of a less serious felony than those felonies specifically designated under the 1st-degree murder statute.
  • Manslaughter (1st degree): An act that causes the death of another without malice or premeditation.
  • Manslaughter (2nd degree): An act that causes an unreasonable risk and could have been avoided that caused the death of another.





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