Grand Junction Murder Defense Attorneys
Being accused of an alleged murder is one of the most serious allegations that an individual can face under both state and federal law. When it comes to the criminal justice system, little is valued more than that of a human life. The intentional killing of another individual is seen as the height of indifference to human life, and this is reflected in the aggressive prosecution carried out in murder cases.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we have committed ourselves to representing Western Slope residents in criminal justice matters. Whether you or a loved one has been charged with minor traffic offenses or major felonies, we believe that everyone deserves their day in court. We provide first class legal representation and we know firsthand that our justice system doesn’t always treat those accused of crimes in a fair manner. Therefore, an experienced legal defense team is necessary to mount an effective case.
If the defendant receives a guilty verdict in their murder case, they may receive an extended or life-long prison sentence. However, if the homicide is charged as capital murder, the individual may even receive the death penalty in the state of Colorado. Every minute counts when you’re dealing with the criminal justice system in Mesa County. Contact our Grand Junction criminal lawyers today at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation.
There are two different classifications of murder in Colorado, depending on if there was deliberation (premeditation) prior to the act that caused the person's death. Murder is always considered a felony.
All determinations regarding the alleged crime are made on a case-by-case basis by the justice system and are based on the evidence at hand. The degree of the murder varies greatly on the circumstances of the case and is based on the determination of both the prosecution, judge, jury, and the defense. These categorizations include:
- First-Degree Murder - CRS § 18-3-102 classifies first-degree murder as an act with the intent to cause the death of a person after premeditation. This means that prior to the murderous act that causes the death of an individual, the offender has time to consider their actions and intentionally chooses to kill the other person. Murder in the first degree is considered a Class-1 felony in the state of Colorado.
- Second-Degree Murder - CRS § 18-3-103 categorizes second-degree murder as the lack of deliberation prior to the murderous act that results in the death of a person. Second-degree murder is still considered intentional and requires that an individual acted with the intent to cause someone's death but did not plan it before the act. In general, second-degree murder is a Class-2 felony. There are some situations where it can be reduced to a Class-3 felony, but this is typically when the act happened suddenly and in the "heat of passion." This can significantly reduce a potential prison sentence or fine, so it is an important distinction.
- Criminally Negligent Homicide - CRS § 18-3-105 defines criminally negligent homicide as an act of negligence that causes the death of another individual. That means there is an absence of any intent to kill but involves the failure to perceive a risk that a reasonable person would respond to, and it results in someone's death. Criminally negligent homicide is considered a Class-5 felony.
- Vehicular Homicide - CRS § 18-3-106 is a classification that covers a variety of actions while operating a vehicle that results in the death of another. Typically, it involves either reckless behavior or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Reckless vehicular homicide is a Class-4 felony, while driving under the influence and killing someone is a Class-3 felony.
- Manslaughter - CRS § 18-3-104 defines manslaughter as an act that recklessly causes the death of another person or aiding someone in committing suicide. Manslaughter is a Class-4 felony.
If you are a suspect in a murder case, you are in desperate need of legal representation. The minute you contact the trial lawyers at Peters & Nolan, LLC, we’ll get to work building a strong defense on your behalf. Our effective legal team will do everything in our power to get your charges reduced or dropped before your case goes to trial. We’ll investigate the details surrounding the alleged matter and look for violations or mistakes on the part of the investigating law enforcement or the prosecution team.
We know the stakes, and we genuinely care about the welfare of our clients. We pledge to work with you to procure the best possible outcome. Our successful track record proves we can take on the most daunting of cases. Call a Grand Junction felony defense attorney today at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
- Charges: First degree murder
∗ Result: Probation for criminally negligent homicide
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∗ Not all criminal cases are the same. These results are from actual cases handled by the attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC. This is not a representation, guarantee or promise as to the results or outcome of your particular matter.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.