Homicide & Murder Attorneys in Tulsa
Charged with Causing Someone Else’s Death? Call Us Now!
No crime is more seriously regarded and punished than that of ending another person’s life. In Oklahoma, first-degree murder under certain circumstances is the only crime for which the death penalty still applies. Decades to life in prison, however, are the likely consequences for any other felony conviction that involves killing someone else.
At Enlow Law, our attorneys understand how much is at stake if you’ve been charged with a felony involving someone’s death. Homicide is a serious offense in our society, and those who are unfairly held accountable for it can become additional victims to the original crime. Regardless of your level of guilt, or lack thereof, our homicide and murder attorneys in Tulsa can build a strong defense that can mitigate your responsibility for charges against you.
We work closely with our clients throughout this process, helping them understand what to expect and what their options are as soon as possible. If you need an attorney who can provide the personalized and proactive level of service you need most right now, turn to Enlow Law for legal support.
Contact us online or call (918) 212-5359 and ask to schedule a free initial consultation with our attorneys.
What Is Homicide?
Homicide is the act of killing another human being and may be considered murder, manslaughter, or negligent homicide based upon the given circumstances. There are also varying degrees of these crimes that specify how serious an alleged offense was, and consequently, how serious its penalties should be.
First- & Second-Degree Murder
Murder is defined in Oklahoma by two different categories: first-degree and second-degree. Both are considered felonies, and facing either in court requires the assistance of someone like Enlow Law’s skilled homicide and murder attorneys in Tulsa to build your defense.
First-degree murder is the more serious of the two degrees. This charge is typically applied when investigators believe the murder was intentional and malicious or committed during a separate felony, such as robbery (known as felony murder). First-degree murder convictions can include a life sentence without the possibility of parole, with the possibility of parole after 85 percent of the sentence is served, or death (known as capital murder).
Second-degree murder is applied when someone is alleged of killing another while engaged in an “imminently dangerous act” but did not premeditate the killing and didn’t have a deliberate intention to kill. Penalties for second-degree murder in Oklahoma begin with a minimum 5-year prison sentence, although life sentences are possible. Parole is possible after 85 percent of the sentence is carried out.
First- & Second-Degree Manslaughter
Although still an incredibly serious charge, a manslaughter charge is less severe than a murder charge. It is also split between two degrees. Manslaughter of either degree is a felony.
- First-degree manslaughter: is typically charged when someone killed someone else “in the heat of passion,” such as an out-of-control fight, or while committing a misdemeanor, such as drunken driving.
What is the Sentence for First-Degree Manslaughter in Oklahoma?
Those convicted of first-degree manslaughter are sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison, but up to life sentences are possible. Parole is only possible once 85 percent of the sentence is served.
- Second-degree manslaughter: charges account for someone who is responsible for killing someone else, but under circumstances that are not severe enough to constitute murder or first-degree manslaughter.
What is the Sentence for Second-Degree Manslaughter in Oklahoma?
Sentences for second-degree manslaughter are typically two to four years in prison.
A third category of homicide accounts for someone’s responsibility for killing someone else as a result of their negligence but no other criminal activity. An example of a negligent homicide might be a relatively minor traffic violation that causes a deadly accident. Negligent homicide is a misdemeanor in Oklahoma, punishable by up to a year in jail. Typically, driver’s licenses are also suspended upon conviction.
Were You Charged with a Homicide?
You need a team of skilled and capable attorneys to represent your defense if you are accused of killing someone else. Our homicide and murder attorneys in Tulsa can provide the legal support you need to build the best possible defense that protects your rights and ensures you are fairly treated by the system.