Murder & Homicide Defense Attorney in Cleveland, Ohio

Definition of Murder

In the Ohio Revised Code, there are two types of crimes that involve the killing another person: murder and manslaughter. ORC § 2903.02 defines murder as purposefully causing the death of another, including terminating another's pregnancy or causing someone's death during the commission or attempted commission of a felony. This offense is punishable under § 2929.02 by a prison sentence of 15 years to life.

An individual can also face charges of aggravated murder, which involves the premeditated act of murder; the murder of a person under 13 years old; or the murder of a law enforcement officer. Aggravated murder is punishable by life in prison, or the death penalty. Those that are released may be forced to pay restitution to family victims, and could also face significant fines.

Defining Manslaughter

Voluntary Manslaughter is defined under ORC § 2903.03 as knowingly causing the death of another person while in a sudden passion and / or due to sexual motivation. Involuntary manslaughter ( ORC § 2903.04) is defined as unintentionally causing a person's death while committing a felony. Each of these crimes is a felony in the first degree and is punishable by a prison sentence of 3 - 11 years, the potential of being forced to pay restitution to family members, as well as up to $25,000 in fines.

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Murder is the only capital offense in Ohio. If you are facing such an extreme threat to your future freedom and your life, you must not settle for less than the most highly qualified and experienced defense counsel. Friedman & Nemecek, LLC Attorneys at Law has earned a reputation as a highly respected and successful criminal trial law firm.

Our Cleveland criminal defense lawyers often accept cases that are believed to be impossible to win by other firms and have prevailed, winning an acquittal in cases with tough odds. We understand the importance of your case both to you and to those you love. We will do everything possible to gain any advantage for you, from the beginning through to the final resolution of your case.

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