Cases involving homicide carry extremely harsh penalties in Georgia. Contact us today to discuss your case and get the assistance you need to fight your murder charge.
Any type of murder charge in Georgia is a serious offense. Georgia does not separate murder into different degrees. Any killing with malice or without provocation constitutes murder.
However, Georgia does have a felony murder law. This means that if any person dies when a felony crime is being committed, even accidentally, this can be considered as a distinct type of murder. For example, if two people are robbing a bank and the police shoot and kill one of them, the other may be charged for their death, since they died due to a felony crime being committed.
A person convicted of murder in Georgia may be punished with life imprisonment with or without the possibility of parole, or death. The death penalty is not typically sought for felony murder.
If you have been charged with murder, it’s important to understand that you have a constitutional right to defend yourself. You are innocent until proven guilty, and the prosecution must prove your guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt” to convict you of any charge, including murder.
This is why it’s very important to hire an Athens murder defense attorney. A qualified attorney will help you understand your rights, avoid self-incrimination, and take the proper steps to build a strong defense against a murder charge.
Choosing to hire an experienced Athens murder defense attorney instead of working with a public defender has a number of benefits.
As a former public defender, Ryan Swingle has years of experience representing individuals charged with serious criminal offenses, including murder.
We understand that facing a murder charge can be extremely intimidating, but when you hire our firm, we will listen to your story, defend you in court, and work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us online to learn more about our client-centered approach to criminal defense, and get started right away.
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