Murder is the most serious crime a person can be accused of committing. In Missouri, allegations of this nature are particularly serious because the state allows for capital punishment. A person who is convicted of murder may face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. In fact, Missouri was the first state to carry out the death penalty during the coronavirus pandemic, when 64-year-old Walter Barton was put to death via lethal injection for a 1991 murder.
At Loraine Law Center, we recognize the severity of murder and manslaughter allegations, charges, and arrests. Even an investigation or a situation where a person is needed for questioning in relation to a homicide can threaten one’s entire future. If you or someone you know is suspected of any type of criminal homicide, you need to move quickly and secure legal counsel. Your life may depend on it.
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When Your Very Life Is on the Line, Call Loraine Law Center
No case is hopeless. Even if the odds seem stacked against you, you may be surprised to find what a strategic yet aggressive approach can do to level the playing field and offer you the chance at avoiding maximum penalties or even securing a dismissal of the charges or investigation against you. As a Cole County murder defense lawyer who has experience as a former prosecutor, Kyle Loraine is prepared to deliver hard-hitting representation when his clients need it most.
To learn more, call (573) 995-4077. Your consultation is private and completely confidential. We serve clients in Cole County, Miller County, Moniteau County, and beyond in the face of murder charges.
Challenging Murder Charges in Cole County, MO
There are specific elements to a murder charge that must be proven—beyond a shadow of a doubt—in order to convict a person of this crime. In Missouri, these elements include intent and premeditation. The act must be deliberate and thought of or planned ahead of time to be considered first-degree murder, which is a capital felony in Missouri.
There are potential defenses to murder charges that should be considered:
- An act of self-defense or defense of others
- A false or coerced confession of guilt
- An act that was not premeditated
- Lack of mental capacity or intent
- Lack of sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a doubt
- Constitutional rights violations
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