Being accused of causing the death of another person is not something that should be taken lightly. As one of the most serious criminal offenses, a homicide conviction will result in hard times behind bars and a criminal record that will have a significant impact on your future. At this time, you need a criminal defense attorney who is committed to providing aggressive representation against your homicide charge.
In Louisiana, homicide charges fall into different categories depending on intent, premeditation and whether a vehicle was involved in the act. The different charges include: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, negligent homicide, vehicular homicide, justifiable homicide and manslaughter.
To win their case, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that all elements of the crime exist. For example, in a first-degree murder case, the prosecutor must establish that there was intent to kill and that the act was premeditated. If a defense attorney can establish that the crime was not premeditated, there is not enough evidence to convict an individual of this specific charge.
Defending a Homicide Case
The evidence used in homicide cases is not without its problems. For this reason, working with a homicide defense attorney who has been trained on forensic evidence, including DNA testing, accident reconstruction, blood splatter and more, is highly recommended.
Lafayette defense attorney J. Bradley Cockrell has been defending clients against serious criminal charges since he was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 1993. Thanks to his extensive training and experience, Attorney Cockrell has helped a number of individuals successfully fight their charges.