Tulsa Homicide & murder Lawyers
Experienced Defense Against Homicide & Murder Charges in Tulsa County
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.
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.
Murder in Oklahoma
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.
Murder Trial Process
The murder trial process in Oklahoma is a complex and challenging legal proceeding that requires the expertise of a skilled criminal defense attorney. If you or someone you know is facing murder charges, it is essential to understand the steps involved in the trial process.
The first step in the process is an arraignment, during which the accused person is formally charged and enters a guilty or not guilty plea. Pre-trial proceedings follow this, including discovery, motions, and plea bargaining. These stages are critical for building a solid defense strategy and negotiating with the prosecution for a favorable outcome.
The next stage is the trial, during which the prosecution presents its case against the defendant, and the defense offers its evidence and arguments in response. The prosecution may be heard by a judge or a jury, depending on the circumstances of the case. If the defendant is found guilty, the sentencing phase follows, where the judge determines the appropriate punishment based on the severity of the offense and other relevant factors.
The murder trial process in Oklahoma can be overwhelming and emotionally taxing. Still, with the help of an experienced Tulsa murder defense attorney, you can confidently navigate the process and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
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.
In Oklahoma, those convicted of first-degree manslaughter can face up to four years in prison and a felony conviction. In addition to potential jail time and hefty fines, those convicted must consider other penalties such as community service or probation.
Second-degree manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human without malice, premeditation, or deliberation. In many cases, this type of manslaughter occurs when someone consciously disregards the risk to human life and death results. This type of offense is usually intentional but lacks the specific intent required for murder.
Those convicted of second-degree manslaughter in Oklahoma may face up to two years in jail and hefty fines. Additionally, they are subject to other penalties such as community service or probation.
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.
Contact Our Tulsa Homicide & Murder Attorneys Today
If you or someone you know is facing charges related to homicide or murder, it is essential to seek the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. At our law firm, we understand the severity and complexity of these cases and are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of representation. We have a proven track record of success in defending clients charged with murder and have the knowledge and resources necessary to mount a strong defense on your behalf.
Contact Enlow Law today to schedule a FREE consultation with our homicide & murder lawyers in Tulsa!