Coeur d'Alene Murder Defense Attorneys
Facing Murder Charges in Coeur d'Alene, ID?
Murder is the most serious charge that can be brought against an individual in Idaho. If you have been accused of murder, it is critical that you contact a Coeur d'Alene murder defense attorney. At Walsh & Lewis PLLC, our murder defense attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions and help you protect your rights. We understand that a murder charge is a life-changing event, regardless of whether you are the actual perpetrator or not. We can help you understand the charges against you and the legal options available to help you fight the charges.
What is Murder in Idaho?
Under Idaho law, murder is defined as the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought. Malice aforethought is defined as the intention to cause death or great bodily harm to the victim before the act that caused death or great bodily harm occurred. Murder can be charged as either first-degree murder or second-degree murder, depending on the circumstances of the case.
This type of murder occurs when the defendant intends to kill the victim or intends to cause the death of the victim while committing a dangerous felony. The most common difference between first-degree and second-degree murder is that the former must involve "premeditation," which entails some form of planning to commit the offense beforehand.
A person can also be charged with first-degree murder if the victim is a public official, a child younger than 12 years old, or if the crime occurred during the commission of another felony offense. First-degree murder is punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Murder committed in the heat of the moment or any other type of murder not classified as first-degree is considered second-degree murder. This offense is punishable by life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Ready to Defend You Against Murder Charges in Idaho
If you or someone you love has been accused of murder, you need the help of an experienced murder defense attorney. At Walsh & Lewis PLLC, our murder defense attorneys have years of experience successfully defending clients against murder charges. We understand that a murder charge is a life-changing event, regardless of whether you are the actual perpetrator or not. We can help you understand the charges against you and the legal options available to help you fight the charges.
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