The elements that constitute the crime of murder may vary in different legal systems, but generally include the following:
In most cases, murder is a state crime tried in state courts. However, in some cases, murder is a federal offense prosecuted by a federal court and subject to federal penalties.
Generally, there are seven situations in which wrongful death completely goes against the laws of the federal government. These includes:
Homicide within federal jurisdiction can be charged as murder in the first degree or murder in the second degree, depending on the situation surrounding the case.
First-degree murder refers to those who commit murder illegally and have both “intent to kill” and a “premeditated plan.” It may also involve the killing of police officers, judges, government officials, witnesses, many people, or the death of the victims by cruel methods.
Second-degree murder isn’t considered pre-meditated and may be caused by the reckless conduct of the defendant. It can be classified into:
Murder in the first degree carries a capital punishment or life imprisonment in federal prison.
According to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, federal second-degree murder charges are associated with any federal prison sentence.
It is important to understand the high stakes of federal murder trials. Defense attorneys have a thorough understanding of federal homicide law and will handle your case with the necessary care.
If you or a loved one is charged with murder, contact Chris Lewis & Associates P.C. to speak with an experienced attorney by calling 214-984-3113 or filling out the form below. Meet our attorneys, who will strive to provide you with the best defense and answer all your questions.