Murder & Manslaughter
Homicide cases including Murder and Manslaughter are among the most serious criminal charges in Mississippi. While “homicide” simply means that a person’s death was caused by another person, Murder and Manslaughter are types of criminal homicide that are unlawful and carry potentially severe criminal penalties. If you’ve been charged with Murder or Manslaughter, or you’re under investigation, you need an aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer at your side immediately. Pascagoula criminal defense attorney Sean Buckley is experienced in criminal homicide cases and is ready to fight for your legal rights and defend your reputation.
Examples of criminal homicide in Mississippi include:
Murder – killing a person without authority or lawful justification;
Capital Murder – killing a person without authority or lawful justification, along with certain aggravating circumstances (for example, the alleged victim was a public servant or a young child, or the killing occurred in the course of certain other felonies);
Manslaughter – killing a person unnecessarily but without malice, or causing a person’s death under various types of circumstances not rising to the level of Murder; and
Federal Crimes - Murder committed on federal property or against federal agents or officials.
Depending on the facts and circumstances, defenses may be available such as:
Alternate perpetrator – the police have the wrong person and someone else is the killer.
Causation – someone in fact died, but the victim’s death was caused by something other than the accused’s actions.
“Knowing spectator” – the accused was present during a criminal homicide but did not participate or assist in any way.
No crime – there’s no proof that the alleged victim is actually deceased.
Self-defense (“castle doctrine”) – the alleged victim was the aggressor and the accused was defending his home or vehicle.
Self-defense (“stand your ground”) – the alleged victim was the aggressor, the accused did not provoke the confrontation, and the accused had the right to be in the place he was at the time.
Self-defense (other) – the alleged victim was the aggressor and the accused had the right to defend himself under the specific facts and circumstances.
Accident or misfortune – the accused accidentally caused another person’s death, such as by accident or by accidentally shooting the person while affected by “sudden passion.”
If you’re being accused of Murder, Manslaughter, or any kind of criminal homicide:
ALWAYS contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.
NEVER try to explain yourself to law enforcement; ask to speak to a lawyer.
NEVER discuss the facts of your situation with anyone other than your lawyer.
NEVER discuss your case over the phone except with a lawyer.
NEVER give law enforcement consent to search unless they have a warrant.
NEVER try to delete or destroy evidence.
NEVER become hopeless.
Regardless of the circumstances, Pascagoula criminal defense attorney Sean Buckley is ready to fight for your legal rights and defend your reputation.