SECOND DEGREE MURDER

2nd DEGREE MURDER UNDER WASHINGTON LAW

Second-degree murder is the crime where a person intentionally kills someone else. Unlike with first-degree murder, the crime does not require that the offender act with premeditation.

A person can also be found guilty of second-degree murder if: (1) the person commits a felony; and, (2) a person dies in the course of that felony. This set of events is often referred to as “felony murder.” A prosecutor only has to prove that a death occurred for a felony murder conviction. The prosecutor does not have to prove that the defendant intended the killing.

SECOND DEGREE MURDER PENALTIES
Second-degree murder is a Class A felony. The offense is punishable by:
  1. Up to life in prison, and/or
  2. A maximum fine of $50,000.

DEFENSES FOR SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGES

An accused can raise a legal defense to challenge a murder charge. A common defense is for the defendant to assert that he or she acted in self-defense. A person is justified in using deadly force in self-defense when he or she:

  1. believes that he/she, or someone else, is in imminent danger of being killed or suffering great bodily injury,
  2. believes he/she must use deadly force to prevent death or injury, and
  3. uses an appropriate level of force (under the circumstances) in self-defense.

While other defenses may exist, please know that it will take the work of an experienced criminal defense attorney to raise the most effective defense. The criminal defense lawyers at Black & Askerov have over 25 years of combined experience fighting for their clients. This includes clients charged with murder and homicide. They have the grit and determination that makes all the difference in these cases. Plus, they represent all of their clients with an unmatched passion and devotion to justice. Contact them now to get the legal help you deserve.

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