Seattle Criminal Defense Firm Successfully Litigates Homicide Cases
Decades of experience defending Washington State residents accused of murder or manslaughter
Homicide is the most serious criminal charge a person can face. When accused of something so life-shaking, it’s important to obtain aggressive representation. At Peale Law Firm Inc. in Seattle, Washington, our reputation for defending and supporting clients charged with major crimes is based on a deep knowledge of the laws and court system, and our exceptional trial skill honed over decades of experience.
Skilled litigators with a history of handling the most serious charges
Homicide, the killing of one person by another, is divided into four crimes under Washington law:
- Second degree manslaughter — If the death is caused through negligence; maximum of 10 years in prison
- First degree manslaughter — Recklessly causing someone’s death
- Second degree murder — Killing without premeditation, or committing a felony during which a homicide occurred
- First degree murder — Intentional, premeditated killing; may be “aggravated murder” and carry a mandatory life sentence if additional related felonies or other circumstances apply
Peale Law Firm Inc. has won many jury trials and obtained successful results for clients charged with major crimes. We can put our more than 35 years of experience to work for you.
Knowledgeable counsel on reduction of charges and sentencing
How severely a homicide is treated under Washington State law depends on the defendant’s state of mind as determined by the evidence. A homicide is murder in the first degree if done with premeditated intent to cause death or under circumstances showing an extreme indifference to human life. Degree of manslaughter depends on whether a defendant was reckless or merely negligent. For murder, degree depends on whether it can be shown that the defendant planned to do it. If you are accused of homicide, your choice of representation may make all the difference about which charges you face and whether you will walk free, because a judge or jury making the decision will be considering what the defendant was thinking. We provide exceptional trial advocacy and powerful persuasive abilities and have a history of success for our clients.
Contact a Washington State defense attorney for a free consultation.
If you face charges for homicide or another serious crime, Peale Law Firm Inc. in Seattle, Washington, has been defending clients accused of major crimes for more than 40 years. Call us at 206-906-9112 or contact us online for a free consultation.