When someone you love is charged with Murder in Washington, DC, it is probably one of the most traumatic things you will ever experience. You are worried about your boyfriend/husband/son and don’t know what to do.
While Washington, DC does not have the death penalty for 1st degree murder, it is not unheard of for a defendant to be sentenced to life in federal prison upon conviction. You should contact a DC Homicide attorney as soon as possible to see what can be done to prevent this from happening.
It is often possible for your DC homicide defense lawyer to work with his investigator and find out information that the government intends to use at trial. The investigation may also be able to uncover information or witnesses that can be helpful to the defense. It is important to keep in mind that an arrest does not mean there will be a conviction.
Below is some basic information at the various Murder and Manslaughter charges in Washington, DC.
- First Degree Murder
In Washington, DC, first degree involves a premeditated killing and carries a maximum of life without the possibility of parole with a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison, which cannot be suspended.
- Second Degree Murder
A second degree DC murder charge in the District involves a killing with malice, or intent to do serious bodily harm to another.
If you have been charged with murder, manslaughter, or any other crime, please contact the Law Office of Daniel A. Gross for a free no-obligation consultation.