Homicide

Homicide Defense Attorney in Peoria, IL

Have you been accused of murder or manslaughter?

Homicide is generally considered to be the most heinous criminal offense. If you have been accused of taking the life of another person, it is crucial that you take action now to defend yourself against the consequences of a conviction. Failure to effectively combat the charges could lead to devastating outcomes, including life in prison.

Fortunately, there are many possible strategies for defending against homicide charges. Maybe the other person's death occurred in a tragic accident, or perhaps you were actually acting to protect yourself against an attack. In many other cases, you could have been accused entirely due to misidentification. The key to proving any of these defenses is to hire a Peoria criminal defense lawyer from Johnson Law Group as soon as possible. The sooner you contact us, the more time we are allowed to investigate and prepare a winning strategy for you.

Lifelong Penalties for Murder Convictions in Illinois

In 2011, Illinois repealed the death penalty, but homicide convictions still include the strictest forms of punishment. Particular details of your case – victim's age, premeditation, and cause of death, for example – can cause the penalties to vary but they will always be severe.

If you do not defend yourself against homicide allegations, penalties you could face include:

  • 15 years or more in prison – second-degree
  • 25 years to life – first-degree
  • Punitive and nominal damages to victim's family
  • Loss of educational or employment opportunities

In certain scenarios, you could be confined for years without parole for murder and manslaughter convictions. In such cases, you might still be able to fight for your freedom by using our firm's help to file an appeal that could reverse the court's decision.

Let Us Put 50+ Years of Experience to Work for You

Law enforcement agencies tend to expend their full available resources on homicide cases and you will surely be up against powerful opposition. Criminal investigators and police officers might be friendly and you might be tempted to cooperate with them, but it is important to remember that they are looking for reasons to label you as the sole suspect. Politely refuse to speak with them until you have a Peoria criminal defense attorney from Johnson Law Group present.

Protect your future from false accusations and murder charges. Contact us now for a free and confidential consultation!