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What Are Effective Defense Tactics in Homicide Cases?

If you are being charged with homicide, you need to be ready to come up with the most effective defensive strategy possible. We probably don’t have to tell you that homicide convictions come with harsh penalties, like long jail sentences that can derail your life. You should have an experienced Des Moines gun crime lawyer on your side, ready to help you with your defense.

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Should I Talk to the Police After Being Charged With Homicide?

When you get charged with homicide and know that it’s a mistake, you may be tempted to think that you can just explain yourself and get out of it. This is rarely a good idea. Anything that you say to the police can be used against you and it is easy to accidentally reveal something that can actually help their case. Your side of the story could put you at the scene of the crime, even though you did not do anything wrong.

When the cops bring you in for any kind of charge, but especially something serious like homicide, ask for a lawyer. You should talk to your attorney and let them do the talking for you.

How Can I Defend Myself Against Homicide Accusations?

When homicide charges are filed against you, you have a few ways to defend yourself. You can argue that:

It’s mistaken identity: Someone accuses you of committing the crime, but eyewitnesses are not always reliable. You can sow doubt and argue that this witness is confusing you for someone else.

It was self-defense: You did harm someone else, but only because they were threatening you or someone else with harm. This defense does not work if you started the altercation or if you did not take a chance to withdraw from the situation.

There was no intent: The prosecutor needs to show that you intended to commit a crime when they charge you with homicide. If you can successfully argue that you had no desire to harm someone, your charges are likely to be dropped or reduced.

You were not in your right mind: An insanity defense can be hard to pull off, but it can be valid when you have mental health problems that affect your perception of right and wrong.

What Can a Defense Attorney Do For Me?

Your defense attorney can take a close look at your case and figure out which defensive strategy would be most effective for you. They can also take other steps to poke holes in the prosecution’s case and create reasonable doubt.

A good example of this is getting evidence thrown out. If the cops collected evidence via an illegal search or continued to talk to you after you requested an attorney, your rights were violated. That means that any evidence gathered in this way should not be put in front of a jury. Getting the right evidence thrown out can cripple a prosecutor’s homicide case.

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If you are facing homicide charges, you need to talk to a lawyer right away. Contact Herting Law, PLLC and ask to set up a consultation. Our lawyers are ready to learn more about your case.

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