Denver Murder Attorney
Defending Against Murder Charges
At M. Trent Trani & Associates, P.C., we have been fighting for the rights of the accused for more than 20 years. Our founding attorney, Trent Trani, began his career as a public defender, where he gained invaluable experience and specialized training in handling even the most challenging cases.
If you want a criminal defense attorney who has proven his ability to effectively fight for clients faced with charges as serious as the ones you face, come to our firm for a confidential consultation. We can evaluate your situation and take immediate action on a strategy for clearing your name of the accusations.
State law differentiates between two degrees of murder. First-degree murder is defined by Colorado Revised Statutes §18-3-102 (2012) as being homicide that is committed with deliberation and intent to cause death.
It also occurs under a number of other circumstances, including:
- Causing death in the commission or attempt to commit a felony such as arson, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, sexual assault or certain other crimes
- Causing the conviction and execution of an innocent person through perjury or subornation of perjury
- Causing death under circumstances evidencing an attitude of universal malice, manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life generally and engaging in conduct that creates grave risk of death to another person
- Selling or giving drugs to a minor on school grounds, when the child dies as a result of using the drugs
- Knowingly causing the death of a child under the age of 12, when the perpetrator was acting in a position of trust
Murder in the first degree is a Class 1 felony, carrying a minimum sentence of life in prison and a maximum sentence of the death penalty.
Second-degree murder does not require that the perpetrator committed the act with premeditation, but is simply an act of homicide in which the perpetrator knowingly caused the death of the victim. It is charged as a Class 2 felony, except under certain circumstances. If it can be proven that you committed the crime in a sudden heat of passion that was justifiably provoked, the charge may be reduced to a Class 3 felony.
Murder Defense Lawyer in Denver
In some cases, the goal in defending against murder allegations is to seek to have the charge reduced to manslaughter. This can be done by arguing that the death of the victim was a result of recklessness, rather than being intentional. It may, however, be possible to beat the charges all together by demonstrating that you were acting in self-defense, or by introducing evidence that proves that you not commit the act or that you were not even at the scene of the crime. Regardless of what you may have been told by the investigators, there may not be sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty.