Westchester County Homicide Lawyer
Over 20 Years Spent Protecting Our Clients’ Futures
Violent crimes are taken seriously in New York, and no crime is prosecuted more harshly than first degree murder. If you were charged of homicide in any capacity, your rights are in jeopardy and it is crucial to get representation to protect your future. At The Law Offices of Marcia Payton, we offer decades of experience to help you fight for a favorable outcome for your situation. Our Westchester County criminal defense lawyer has helped clients to tell their side of the story and avoid a conviction.
Call (914) 712-6878 today or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with The Law Offices of Marcia Payton. We travel to New York City to meet with clients.
Types of Homicide
Murder in the first degree takes place when a person over 18 intends to take another’s life and does so. This can also take place during the commission of crimes such as robbery, rape, or arson. It is charged as an A-1 felony and carries extremely severe penalties.
Those convicted of first degree murder could face:
- The death penalty
- Life in prison
- A prison sentence of up to 25 years
The crime differs from second degree murder in that the crime must not have been by accident or through recklessness. Someone charged with second degree murder could have merely been an accessory to murder, but the charges are similar and, depending on how the prosecutors and judge proceed, could have devastating consequences for your freedom.
How The Law Offices of Marcia Payton Can Help
When defending against a murder charge, it is crucial that you are able to demonstrate whether or not you are innocent. No matter how overwhelming the evidence against you may seem, there is hope for your future.
Our team may be able to help you prove that:
- You did not commit the crime, demonstrating you were not armed, did not have grounds to do so, and are not the kind of person who would do so
- You are mentally incapacitated
- The killing was in defense of yourself or someone else
Let us help you protect yourself. Schedule your free consultation with our team today to begin planning for your defense. Our team has helped clients have their charges reduced and, in some cases, dropped altogether.
Dial (914) 712-6878 now and schedule your free consultation.