Homicide is thought of as the ultimate crime of violence. Homicide is defined as the killing of a human being by another human. Generally, homicide may be either Murder, Manslaughter, Excusable Homicide, or Justifiable Homicide. The death of a person and the killing are independent facts that must be established by the state beyond a reasonable doubt.
A Tulsa Homicide Attorney is here to help
If you’re facing a homicide prosecution, it’s critical to be in the hands of an attorney capable of handling this most serious offense. Regardless of the nature of the crime, you will likely be facing a veteran prosecutor with all of the resources at the State’s disposal against you. You need a aggressive Tulsa homicide attorney as soon as possible to start building your defense.
Murder in the First Degree
In Oklahoma, there are five ways that an individual can commit Murder in the First Degree.
The first is by causing the death of a human with malice aforethought. Malice is defined by statute as “that deliberate intention unlawfully to take away the life of a human being, which is manifested by external circumstances capable of proof.” The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has held that the words “malice aforethought” and “with premeditated design” convey the same meaning.
The second is taking the life of another, regardless of malice, resulting from the commission or attempted commission of the murder of another person, shooting or discharge or a crossbow or firearm with the intent to kill, intentional discharge of a deadly weapon into the dwelling or building as provided in Section 1289.17A of Title 21, forcible rape, robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, escape from lawful custody, eluding an officer, first degree burglary, first degree arson, unlawful distributing or dispensing of controlled dangerous substances or synthetic controlled substances, trafficking in illegal drugs, or manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance.
The third way in which someone can commit murder in the first degree is by causing the death of a child through willful or malicious injury, torture, maiming, or any unreasonable use of force or by causing, procuring, or permitting another to do so.
The fourth way in which a defendant can commit murder in the first degree is by unlawfully and with malice aforethought soliciting another “to cause the death of a human being in furtherance of unlawfully manufacturing, distributing or dispensing controlled dangerous substances, as defined in the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, unlawfully possessing with intent to distribute or dispense controlled dangerous substances, or trafficking in illegal drugs.”
The final way in which a defendant can commit murder in the first degree is by intentionally causing the death of a law enforcement officer or correction officer while the officer is in the performance of official duties.
A Tulsa criminal attorney from our firm can ensure that your Tulsa criminal defense is thorough. As with any crime, but especially homicide, the sooner you retain an attorney, the better. You should not delay discussing your case with an experienced Tulsa homicide attorney immediately. We offer free consultations, and can provide you with a quote immediately. A conviction for Homicide WILL carry lasting stigma and consequences. You don’t have to face a criminal charge alone. Jeff can explain your options and together resolve the case in a manner that will lessen the damage to your criminal record and your life.
In the time following a criminal charge, you will be faced with one of the most emotionally trying and stressful situations of your entire life. There is absolutely no need for you to have to face a criminal prosecution alone. With the help of an experienced Tulsa criminal attorney at your side, you can rest assured that every possible step that can be taken towards your desired outcome WILL be taken. There is no need for you to attempt to navigate your way through the language of the law by yourself.
Please contact us today for an immediate and free case evaluation. We handle homicide cases in Tulsa, Bixby, Owasso, Jenks, Broken Arrow , Muskogee, Catoosa, Coweta, Wagoner, Skiatook, Collinsville, Claremore, Glenpool, Sapulpa, Sand Springs, Rogers County, and surrounding areas.