Murder in Missouri
The charge of murder is among the most serious crime you can face. Murder charges encompass intentional acts including pre-meditated acts as well as a death during the commission of a felony.
Because of what is at stake, it is essential to have an experienced criminal defense attorney conduct a thorough investigation. The truth often lies in the details.
First Degree Murder
The most serious charge a person in Missouri can face is First Degree Murder, R.S.Mo. 565.020. This charge deals with the premeditated taking of another person’s life and it can carry the death penalty. If you are facing a charge of Murder in the First Degree, you need a St. Louis criminal defense attorney with experience handling these charges in order to give yourself the best chance possible at a positive outcome.
First degree murder requires intentionally taking another person’s life after “deliberating” on the matter. This means that a person has carefully considered their actions and decided on allegedly committing the murder. This is difference from Murder in the Second Degree, which is a crime of passion and does not involve prior deliberation. While each of these crimes stems from an intentional act, the premeditation required for First Degree Murder makes the penalties harsher.
If you or a loved one is facing First Degree Murder Charges, the stakes could not be higher. You need a St. Louis criminal defense attorney with experience handling this complicated charge. Richard R. Lozano has been defending clients in the St. Louis area since 1994, and he can provide the expert advice and representation you deserve during these difficult times.
Second Degree Murder
Second Degree Murder, R.S.Mo. 565.021 occurs when a person “knowingly causes the death of another person or, with the purpose of causing serious physical injury to another person, causes the death of another person.” It also occurs when there is a death during the commission of a felony. Murder in the second degree is a Class A felony and can ultimately result in life in prison plus additional years stemming from any underlying felony, armed criminal action and other possible charges. This is one of the most serious charges a person face short of capital murder and a defendant needs the representation of a seasoned St. Louis criminal defense attorney.
St. Louis criminal defense attorney Richard R. Lozano has been handling murder charges since 1994. He puts this experience to work for you, aggressively fighting any and all criminal charges you may face. He has helped clients in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, and Franklin County facing serious felony charges and has worked to get them the best possible outcomes for their respective cases.