Homicide Attorneys in Fairfax, Virginia
Highly experienced criminal defense trial lawyers representing defendants charged with murder and all other types of homicide cases in Northern Virginia courts.
Defending People Charged with Homicide
in Northern Virginia
The experienced criminal defense lawyers at The Sprano Law Firm, LLP provide skilled legal representation and aggressive defense of people charged with murder and other homicide crimes in Fairfax and all Northern Virginia courthouses. We defend against charges ranging from manslaughter to 1st-degree murder, 2nd-degree or felony murder, as well as allegations of vehicular manslaughter or DUI-related homicide. For a free consultation about your legal options in the face of homicide allegations, contact one of our attorneys in Fairfax.
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Our goal in any murder case is twofold — first, to investigate the evidence that undermines the government’s ability to prove guilt against the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt, and if possible develop an affirmative defense of our own; and next, to minimize the defendant’s risk of punishment in every way we can. At every step along the way, we keep our clients (and their families, if the client's consent) fully advised of their options, their risks, and their opportunities for improving what is often a very difficult position.
Regardless of the specific facts of the case against you, our attorneys work hard to develop any defense that might apply in your circumstances: mistaken identity, provocation, self-defense, or lack of intent to commit the alleged crime.
Experienced lawyers know that defenses in murder cases usually fall into one of four categories: 1) “who done it?”; 2) Self-Defense; 3) “Heat of Passion” – negating the element of malice and therefore reducing a Murder charge to Manslaughter, or 4) Mitigation. In some cases, inconsistencies or weaknesses in the prosecution’s case offer skilled defense attorneys the opportunity to challenge the government’s ability to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was the actual perpetrator of the crime. Other times the facts of the case reveal that the defendant acted only in fear of his or her own life, and a self-defense case can be developed. “Heat of passion” presents only a partial defense – because the defendant would still be guilty of Manslaughter – but this can reduce the possible sentence from the possibility of life in prison to only 1-10 years. The possible availability of any of these defenses – even if not ultimately successful – can often provide the opening that our lawyers need to work out a favorable plea bargain with the prosecutor.
The lawyers of The Sprano Law Firm, LLP can protect your interests even when the evidence of guilt is too strong to justify the risk of a trial defense. In those cases, we go straight to work on the sentencing issues to make sure that the prosecution and the court take into account all of the facts that work in your favor.
To learn more about how our experienced criminal defense attorneys can help defend your murder or manslaughter case, contact The Sprano Law Firm, LLP in Fairfax for a free consultation.
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