Virginia Beach Murder Defense Lawyer
Aggressive Defense for Serious Criminal Charges
McCormack & McCormack has the experience and determination to handle any kind of criminal defense case, no matter how serious the charges may be. Our lawyers have represented hundreds of cases at trial and are more than capable of defending clients from charges of manslaughter or murder.
Set up a free consultation with a Virginia Beach criminal defense attorney from our firm today to discuss your case and learn more about how our firm can defend you from some of the harshest criminal penalties in the commonwealth of Virginia.
Types of Manslaughter & Murder Charges in Virginia
The manner in which the person was killed will determine the charges against the alleged defendant. Manslaughter occurs when someone causes the death of another individual accidentally (involuntary manslaughter), or in the heat of passion without malice premeditation (voluntary manslaughter). There is also vehicular manslaughter, which occurs when a negligent or reckless driver causes an accident that results in someone's death.
Both involuntary and voluntary manslaughter are Class 5 felonies that result in a prison sentence of 1-10 years, or a jail sentence of up to 12 months, a fine of $2,500, or both.
The Only Crime Punishable By Death
Murder is the most serious criminal offense of all. Capital murder is the only offense punishable by death in Virginia, though it often results in a life sentence in prison instead of the death sentence. Willful and premeditated killing of another person is first degree murder, and all other cases besides capital and first-degree murder are murder in the second degree.
First-degree murder is a Class 2 felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, and second-degree murder is also a felony punishable by 5-40 years in prison. Such penalties will turn your life upside down for good, so do not hesitate to protect your future and your reputation by hiring an established and experienced lawyer to fight your charges.
Get the Relentless Defense of a Virginia Beach Criminal Attorney
Contact a Virginia Beach criminal lawyer from McCormack & McCormack today to provide the skilled and tireless representation that you need to fight charges of manslaughter or murder. Our attorneys fully evaluate the facts and assess the details of each case in order to uncover evidence and build a strong defense. Murder and manslaughter may be serious charges, but we have what it takes to prove that you do not deserve to be put away for decades, or even for life.
Speak with an attorney from our firm through a complimentary case evaluation to learn exactly what we can do to defend you. With our representation, you could find freedom from charges of a manslaughter or murder.
Our firm is proud to serve clients in and around Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Suffolk, Hampton and Northampton and Accomack Counties on the Eastern Shore.