An Illinois homicide attorney can provide legal guidance if you are facing criminal charges. In order to be convicted of first degree murder, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant killed an individual without a lawful defense. There are three situations in which an individual can be convicted of first degree of murder.
The evidence by the prosecution must be sufficient to establish criminal liability that the defendant failed to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk that is a gross deviation from what a reasonable person would do. If you have been charged with first degree murder, consult a Chicago attorney at Goldman & Associates for help with your case.
There are several defenses available to defend against first degree murder in Illinois.
Illinois is not a death penalty state. Therefore, a defendant may not be sentenced to death if they have been found guilty of first degree murder.
Punishment in a first degree murder case is determined at a sentencing hearing held at the request of the court.
At the hearing, the judge may hear evidence on aggravating and mitigating factors involved in the crime and determine a penalty dependent on those factors. The court will consider or instruct the jury to consider any aggravating and mitigating factors which are relevant to the imposition of the sentencing.
Mitigating factors may include, but are not limited to:
If you are facing criminal prosecution for any homicide-related crime or have been charged with first degree murder, Goldman & Associates can assist you in understanding and protecting your legal rights. Reach out to our attorneys today to discuss your case.