Homicide, Manslaughter And Murder Defense

Homicide is defined as the act of one human being unlawfully killing another human being. Not all homicides are punishable crimes as those proven to be true accidents will sometimes proceed through the legal process without rebuke.

Coyle Law Firm in Oklahoma City is a valuable source of information, help and advocacy for people charged with any crime involving the killing of a human being: homicide, murder or manslaughter.

We dedicate our criminal defense practice to defending people in criminal cases with the goal of protecting their constitutional rights. We inform our clients of potential penalties in their murder and manslaughter cases and represent them skillfully before prosecutors, judges and juries, in pursuit of favorable outcomes such as:

  • Case dismissed
  • Charges reduced
  • No jail time or reduced jail time
  • Probation

If you are under investigation but have not yet been arrested, charged or convicted, this is an ideal time for us to help you explore all options for a successful defense.

We are ready to begin the very important hard work of protecting your future as you face serious criminal charges. Are you ready? Begin with a clear understanding of the charges against you.

Definitions Of Murder

Murder is defined as a homicide in which the act occurred with express malice or intent to kill, implied malice, intent to inflict great bodily harm (first-degree murder), or with a reckless disregard for the value of human life (second-degree murder). First-degree murder is a homicide that was premeditated; the perpetrator planned to commit the homicide well in advance to it actually occurring. Another definition of murderous intent is sometimes referred to as "depraved heart" and only applied when someone dies during an attempt or completed act of a felony (felony murder).

Exclusions From Murder

  • Killing without malice or intent (manslaughter)
  • Justified or accidental killings (homicide)
  • Capital punishment
  • Killing of enemy combatants by lawful combatants as in war.
  • Killing someone during self-defense

The act of self-defense is defined as a homicide which was committed only to protect another human being. In cases where the person who committed the act had control of the situation before the murder, the person in question might be tried for manslaughter.

Mitigating or aggravating circumstances may lessen or worsen the sentence greatly.

Mitigating Circumstances

Mitigating/extenuating circumstances are those in which extreme or unusual facts leading up to or during the commission of the crime where, even though a crime punishable by law was committed, reduce the severity by which the punishment is served. Mitigating circumstances may include insanity, postpartum depression and diminished capacity.

Aggravating Circumstances

Aggravating circumstances is defined as being any circumstance during the commission of a crime which increases its guilt or adds to its injurious consequences, but which is above and beyond the essential parts of the crime itself (as paraphrased from Black's Law Dictionary).

Aggravating circumstances may include premeditation, poisoning, murder of a police officer, judge, fireman or witness to a crime; committing the crime for pay or other reward, or exceptional brutality or cruelty.

Contact Coyle Law Firm If You Are Under Investigation Or Have Been Arrested

The information presented on this website is intended to be illustrative and educational only. It does not amount to personalized legal advice for your unique situation. Do not attempt to analyze your own criminal matter without the help of a knowledgeable lawyer.

Initial consultations and all attorney-client communications at Coyle Law Firm are confidential. We invite you to talk to an attorney at our Oklahoma City defense law firm. Learn how we can defend you vigorously if you have been charged with a serious crime. Schedule a consultation by calling 405-546-1268 or sending an email message.