At Jacqui Ford Law, our Oklahoma City murder defense attorneys are here to help you navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system. We understand that murder charges can be incredibly overwhelming, and we are dedicated to providing you with honest, aggressive representation every step of the way.
Definition of Murder Cases and Penalties in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, there are several different degrees of murder and manslaughter, each with varying degrees of severity and potential consequences.
- First-degree murder is the most serious charge and is punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty.The state must prove that you either
- (i) took a person’s life with deliberate intent,
- (ii) the death was caused while carrying out a felony, or
- (iii) a child’s life was taken during the commission of child abuse.
- Second-degree murder is also a very serious charge and can result in up to life imprisonment.The state must prove that you
- (i) engaged in imminently dangerous behavior with disregard for human life (resulting in death), or
- (ii) the death occurred while carrying out a felony that does not form a basis for murder in the first degree.
- First-degree manslaughter is a less severe charge than murder but can still result in significant consequences. The maximum penalty for first-degree manslaughter is life imprisonment. The state must prove that
- (i) a person’s life was taken in a non-justifiable or inexcusable way in the heat of passion,
- (ii) the death occurred while the deceased was resisting an attempt by the defendant to commit a crime, or
- (iii) the death occurred while the defendant was trying to carry out a misdemeanor.
- Second-degree manslaughter is the least severe homicide charge and can result in up to four years in prison. It is defined as all other killings that are non-justifiable or excusable yet do not result in any of the criminal charges found above.
Our team of experienced attorneys has a deep understanding of the various degrees of murder and manslaughter charges in Oklahoma. We will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are always protected and that you receive a fair trial.
Murder Defense Strategies in Oklahoma City
At Jacqui Ford Law, we understand the gravity of these cases and the importance of a strategic defense strategy.
Our experienced Oklahoma City criminal defense attorneys work with each and every client to develop effective murder defense strategies tailored to the unique circumstances of each case.
To do this, we will meticulously investigate the evidence, challenge the prosecution’s case, and work tirelessly to protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome. With our unwavering commitment to your defense, we will fight vigorously in the courtroom, leveraging our in-depth knowledge of Oklahoma criminal law and precedent.
Why Choose Jacqui Ford Law
If you are facing murder or manslaughter charges, it is critical that you seek legal representation as soon as possible. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys at Jacqui Ford Law have the experience and knowledge necessary to build a strong defense on your behalf.
We will work with you to understand the unique circumstances of your case and develop a legal strategy that is tailored to your specific needs.
At Jacqui Ford Law, we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing personalized service to our clients. We understand that every case is unique, and we will work closely with you to keep you informed throughout the legal process. Our attorneys will provide you with candid and honest advice, and we will always base our recommendations on what we believe is in your best interests.