For anyone facing charges for murder, felony murder, manslaughter or any other crime resulting in the death of another person in Atlanta, it is critical to have strong representation from a qualified criminal defense team. If you are found guilty of committing one of these crimes, you will face life-altering punishments.
From the moment you become a possible suspect, through arrest and formal charges, each action and statement you make will impact your homicide case. Only with zealous, skilled representation will you be able to fend off the State’s allegations and properly defend yourself.
At Andersen, Tate & Carr, our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys will analyze every aspect of your case and work tirelessly to make sure your rights are protected during your legal proceedings.
Atlanta Murder Cases
According to Georgia Code § 16-5-1, murder occurs when someone unlawfully takes the life of someone else, with expressed or implied malice. While the definition is quite simple, the penalties for murder are severe. If you are convicted of committing murder in Atlanta, you will be sentenced to imprisonment for life (often, without the possibility of parole) or you could face a sentence of death.
Obviously, you will want to avoid these convictions at all costs, so it is in your best interest to get in touch with an experienced Atlanta murder attorney as soon as possible after you are charged with a murder.
Atlanta Voluntary Manslaughter Cases
According to Georgia Code § 16-5-2, voluntary manslaughter occurs when someone unlawfully causes the death of someone else. In order for this crime to be differentiated from murder, the person who commits this crime must have been subjected to a feeling of sudden, irresistible and violent passion caused by a intense provocation from the victim.
If there was a sufficient amount of time that passed between the provocation and the violent act, the crime will be considered murder, not voluntary manslaughter. Although the penalties for voluntary manslaughter are less severe than murder, they are still quite harsh. If you are convicted of voluntary manslaughter in Atlanta, you will be sentenced to at least one year in prison and could face up to 20 years of imprisonment.
Atlanta Involuntary Manslaughter Cases
According to Georgia Code § 16-5-3, there are two types of involuntary manslaughter charges. The first type occurs when someone unintentionally causes the death of another human being while they are committing an unlawful act. It is important to note that the unlawful act must be a misdemeanor, not a felony. If you are convicted of this type of involuntary manslaughter in Atlanta, you will be sentenced to at least one year in prison and could face up to 10 years of imprisonment.
The second type of involuntary manslaughter occurs when someone unintentionally causes the death of another human being while they are committing a lawful act in an unlawful manner. If you are convicted of this type of involuntary manslaughter in Atlanta, you will be guilty of committing a misdemeanor. You could be fined up to $1,000 and face up to one year in prison.
Contact Our Team of Experienced Atlanta Murder and Manslaughter Attorneys Today
If you or someone you know is a possible suspect in a homicide case in Atlanta, it's imperative you retain proper counsel immediately. Contact Andersen, Tate & Carr’s knowledgeable and skilled murder and manslaughter attorneys Pat McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark, who both have successful, extensive experience in these types of cases.
With unparalleled skill, the team at Andersen, Tate & Carr is determined to protect your life, liberty, your reputation and your rights. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you.