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Birmingham Murder Defense Attorney

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If you are currently facing charges for murder, one of the most serious crimes that you could be arrested for, you need to hire a skilled Birmingham criminal defense attorney right away.

At the Revill Law Firm, our team is aware of the severity of a murder charge and the type of life-altering, stressful consequences involved in a murder conviction. We are here to provide you with aggressive, dedicated legal defense regardless of the circumstances involved. With years of legal experience practicing law, we have won many different awards for our excellence throughout Alabama.

the Consequences of a Murder Conviction in Alabama

We know just how much is at stake when you are facing murder charges or are under investigation. It is important that you do not answer any questions from law enforcement before you have a lawyer present to protect your rights and best interest.

This is especially important if there were any other factors or crimes involved with the alleged offense. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, there could be additional consequences involved with a murder that occurred while another crime was being committed.

Contact us online today or call (205) 928-6544 to learn more about how we can provide you with solid legal defense.

Alabama laws carry very heavy consequences for murder convictions, and even allows for the death penalty in some circumstances. If you are convicted of a felony murder, the penalties could be even more severe. A felony murder is one that involves a murder which occurs while another felony has been committed, such as a burglary, robbery, arson, kidnapping, or rape.

There can be more serious consequences involved in offenses with these circumstances:

  • Murder of more than one person
  • Murder of a young child or baby
  • Murder of a witness (to prevent testimony)
  • Murder of another as a hate crime
  • Murder of a prosecutor or judge
  • Murder of a law enforcement officer

Criminally Negligent Homicide

In Alabama, when someone kills another person due to negligence, rather than recklessly or intentionally, he or she has committed "criminally negligent homicide." Our Alabama Murder attorneys have vast experience representing clients charged with criminally negligent homicide.

Penalties for Criminally Negligent Homicide

The Alabama criminally negligent homicide statute can be found at §13A-6-4 and states that this crime is a Class A misdemeanor, which means it is punishable by up to a year in jail.

One exception to this range of punishment is found when the jury determines the actor is guilty of criminally negligent homicide while violating the DUI laws of the State of Alabama.

If the defendant was driving under the influence and killed another person, and the jury finds their action constituted criminally negligent homicide, that person is convicted of a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

A typical criminally negligent homicide scenario occurs when a person is not intoxicated, but negligently runs a stop sign or traffic signal, or is speeding, and someone is killed as a result. This is a common charge for young, careless drivers, who kill an occupant of their vehicle while driving negligently.

Oftentimes, a defendant is actually charged with manslaughter or murder, and a defense attorney seeks conviction of criminally negligent homicide as a lesser-included offense. In such a situation, the murder defendant is able to avoid a felony conviction on their record.

What is the Difference Between Murder & Manslaughter?

According to the Code of Alabama Section 13A-6-3,

A person commits the crime of manslaughter if he “recklessly causes the death of another person” or “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, he or she recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death and thereby causes the death except that he caused the death due to a sudden heat of passion caused by provocation and before a reasonable time for the passion to cool and for reason to reassert itself.”

The major difference between manslaughter and murder is the intent of the defendant. In other words, murder charges allege that the defendant intended to cause a person's death, whereas someone accused of manslaughter is accused of causing the death because of their reckless actions and not because they meant to. While manslaughter is a less serious charge than murder, it is still imperative to retain experienced legal counsel to defend against a possible sentence of 2 to 20 years in prison.

Our Birmingham murder defense attorneys and legal team are prepared to fight for your rights and provide you with the support you need. For a free case consultation, call our Alabama defense firm now at (205) 928-6544.