First-Degree Murder

A Fight For Your Life

If you are charged with first-degree murder, your life is on the line. If convicted, you will face either the death penalty or life in prison without parole. The stakes are high. So much of the outcome depends on having the right lawyer. At Bellwoar Kelly, LLP, our first-degree murder defense attorneys have the experience, knowledge and commitment to mount the best defense for these charges. Call us today at 610-314-7066 or email us to protect your life and your future.

At The Crux Of The Charge, Intent

To be convicted of first-degree murder, the state must prove that you had malice and an intent to kill the victim and that you carried out a premeditated plan. For example, if you went to someone’s home with a gun, hid outside and then shot the person when he or she returned, this would constitute first-degree murder. If, however, you killed someone after unexpectedly getting in a fight or another situation wherein a lawyer might argue that the death took place in the “heat of the moment,” this would be treated as a different type of murder with lesser penalties.

Defenses Against First-Degree Murder Charges

To build your case, an attorney will need to gather evidence, including witness accounts, alibis or proof that you acted in self-defense or defense of others rather than with premeditated malice. An attorney can also defend the accused by arguing that the state has arrested the wrong person (mistaken identity). An attorney can also invoke the insanity defense to demonstrate that the accused didn’t understand that what he or she was doing was wrong. Whatever approach an attorney may choose, the aim is to reduce the charges or, where possible, get them dismissed.

Put Your Trust In Experience

If you’ve been charged with first-degree murder, you need to choose your attorney carefully. When your life is on the line, you need a lawyer with the right experience to protect you when it counts. Make an appointment with Bellwoar Kelly, LLP at our West Chester, Pennsylvania, office by calling 610-314-7066 or by sending us an email.