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To be charged with murder, you must have done one of the following:
There is no criminal case more sensitive or consequences more serious than when a person loses their life. Murder and aggravated murder charges are both first-degree felonies. Depending on the severity of the allegations, murder or aggravated murder charges are punishable by up to life in prison and the death penalty in the most serious circumstances.
Simply put, if you are convicted of murder or aggravated murder, at a minimum, it will be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, your life will never be the same. Therefore, it is critical that you give the defense of your murder or aggravated murder charge the highest level of importance.
The Columbus Criminal Defense team will take an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged murder or aggravated murder. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation, whether your arrest was lawful, if there were any problems in the collection, storage or testing of evidence and any other legal issues that can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor and by conducting our own investigation. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, lab reports and potentially video or audio.
Our investigation will consist of going to the scene, interviewing all witnesses and potentially hiring a private detective for further investigation. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor and our investigation for your review
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with criminal offenses from minor misdemeanors to first degree felonies. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with murder, aggravated murder or attempted murder, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced Columbus violent crimes attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you were under 18 years old when you committed the crime, or if you are judged to be mentally incompetent, you will not face the death penalty.
To be convicted of a “capital offense,” or aggravated murder that is punishable by the death penallty, you must have done any of the following: