Champaign Murder Defense Lawyers
Murder occurs when an individual kills another person with malice aforethought, or the knowledge that this course of action will surely end in death. If you have been charged with murder, then you may face a very serious and life-stopping felony conviction. You will need a strong and capable criminal defense lawyer to stand up for you in court.
The Champaign murder defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices have been defending offenders in the Champaign and Urbana areas for years. Contact us today at (217) 328-6000 to learn more about how we can help you.
First Degree Murder
First degree murder is a crime that is punished the harshest out of all criminal acts. It is carried out when the murderer unlawfully kills another person, either intentionally or while attempting to commit a different, aggressive felony. First degree murder offenders could face anywhere from 20 years to life in prison.
Because Illinois is a state that enforces capital punishment, certain murderers whose crimes involve certain aggravating factors may face the death penalty as punishment. Killing a law enforcement officer, killing more than one person, or killing for financial gain are all examples of acts that may warrant capital punishment.
Second Degree Murder
Second degree murder, also known as voluntary manslaughter, is a lesser crime than first degree murder. It differs from first degree murder in that a mitigating factor is present – either the murderer unreasonably believed that he or she was justified in killing the victim, or the murderer was provoked by the intended target and, in the heat of the moment, unintentionally killed another person.
Second degree murder is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and anywhere from 4 to 20 years in prison.
If you or someone you love has been charged with murder, then the Champaign murder defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices can help. Contact us today at (217) 328-6000 to speak with a qualified attorney about how we can help you form a strong and effective defense.