At Alpert Schreyer, we believe that everyone accused of a crime is entitled to a zealous and complete defense. Our homicide defense attorneys have practiced law in Maryland for more than three decades and handled thousands of criminal cases. We understand the law, and we know the judges, prosecutors and juries who help administer it every day throughout Maryland. And because were so experienced at defending Maryland criminal cases, we know that being charged with a crime can often be a financial crisis as well as a personal one. That’s why we always offer free case evaluations to potential clients.
Former Prosecutors Fighting Your Charges
Because these crimes are so serious, law enforcement and prosecutors must follow strict rules about how they investigate, charge and prosecute murder and assault crimes. As former prosecutors, the Maryland homicide defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer know that law enforcement sometimes makes mistakes or will misuse their authority. We understand law-enforcement procedures for investigating and preserving evidence, and the most common ways they can go wrong. We promise all of our clients that well use that knowledge to investigate their cases thoroughly, looking for weaknesses and errors that help us dismiss or reduce your charges. If its necessary, were committed to taking your case to trial and providing an aggressive defense.
The experienced Maryland criminal defenders at Alpert Schreyer defend people charged with every type of homicide crime in Maryland, including:
- Attempted murder
- Accessory to murder or manslaughter
- Vehicular manslaughter
- DUI homicide and manslaughter
Understanding the Definitions and Penalties of Maryland Homicide Laws
The term “homicide” generally describes any unlawful killing of a human being by another. Maryland, like other states, separates homicides into different categories by type, with different penalties depending on the particular circumstances of the incident.
The most severe penalties are reserved for those convicted of first-degree murder. Section 2-201 of the Maryland Criminal Code defines first-degree murder as “a deliberate, premeditated, and willful killing” that may be committed in multiple ways, such as by lying in wait, by poisoning, or during the commission of one of a list of other felonies. A conviction of first-degree murder carries a penalty of death or life imprisonment.
In Section 2-204, Maryland’s criminal law defines second-degree murder as “a murder that is not in the first degree under section 2-201,” and the law imposes a penalty of up to 30 years in prison for those convicted of second-degree murder.
Less severe than murder is manslaughter, which, can result in 10 years in prison upon conviction. Types of Manslaughter include “voluntary”, “involuntary” and “manslaughter by vehicle or vessel,” in which a person is convicted of causing someone else’s death by driving or controlling a vehicle or boat “in a grossly negligent manner.”
Helping You Avoid Harsh Criminal Penalties
Under Maryland state law, homicide contains many individual charges (such as manslaughter). Which one you’re charged with depends on the circumstances, as well as what prosecutors think they can prove to a jury. Sometimes, law enforcement will even inflate charges in order to increase the penalties the accused may receive. Those penalties can be very serious, involving decades of prison time and very steep fines, because most assault and homicide crimes are felonies. Those penalties can increase even further when the charge involves a gun, injury to a law enforcement officer, or took place during other serious crimes.
Contact Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC Today
Homicide of any kind is a serious charge, and you should not face these charges alone. At Alpert Schreyer, our experienced Maryland homicide lawyers can create an aggressive defense to protect your rights and pursue the best possible outcome in your case.
Call (301) 321-7277 to request a free consultation with our firm.