Connecticut Murder and Manslaughter Defense Attorneys
Representing people accused of homicide in Connecticut
Killing another human being is the most serious criminal offense possible in the United States legal system. The law, however, recognizes that not all homicides are equal and draws various distinctions between offenses that are categorized by degree and type. The two types of homicide offenses in Connecticut are murder and manslaughter, which are themselves divided into various degrees of severity. If you are convicted of either offense, you will generally be facing a significant prison sentence with mandatory minimum sentences up to twenty-five years, so it is extremely important for you to retain effective legal counsel as soon as possible if you are accused of any homicide offense.
Connecticut murder and manslaughter lawyers Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas are skilled criminal defense attorneys who fight tirelessly for their clients’ legal rights. To schedule a free consultation, contact Duffy Law LLC today at 203-946-2000.
The severity of homicide offenses is based on a variety of factors
Whether a person is accused of murder or homicide depends on a number of issues, including whether or not the defendant intended to cause the victim’s death as well as whether there were any mitigating factors. Some basic information about each offense is included below.
- Murder – Murder generally refers to the intentional killing of another individual. Murders that are premeditated or ones in which a person had time to reflect to form the intent to kill are generally punished far more harshly than those in which the defendant killed someone in the “heat of the moment.” In addition, an unintentional homicide that occurs during the commission of certain felonies can also be brought as a murder case.
- Manslaughter – Manslaughter, on the other hand, is generally an offense that involves an unintentional killing or a murder in which there were significant mitigating circumstances. There are generally three ways in which a prosecutor can allege that you committed 1st degree manslaughter in Connecticut: (1) you had the intent to cause serious physical injury to another person and caused his or her death, (2) you had the intent to cause the death of another person, caused his or her death, and the act occurred when you were under the influence of an extreme emotional disturbance, or (3), you were engaging in reckless conduct, the conduct created a grave risk of death to another person, the circumstances evinced an extreme indifference to human life, and your conduct actually caused the death of another person.
Homicide offenses can be extremely complicated and there are various other offenses that could be at issue if you are suspected of causing a death. For more information about how we can help you, contact criminal defense attorney Felice Duffy or Paul Thomas.
Contact a Connecticut murder and manslaughter lawyer today to retain legal representation
If you are accused of murder or manslaughter, you need the best legal defense that you can possibly obtain. In many instances, the representation of a skilled attorney can mitigate the potential consequences that you are facing and may even be able to have the case against you dropped or dismissed. Connecticut attorney Felice Duffy is a former federal prosecutor and attorney Paul Thomas is a former federal defender. They have the skill and experience required to bring your case to the best resolution possible. Call Duffy Law in New Haven today at 203-946-2000 to schedule a free consultation.