Murder/Manslaughter/Homicide

What is First Degree Murder?

A person commits First Degree Murder if they intentionally kill another person without legal justification or when someone is killed while in the commission of a forcible felony.  Forcible felonies generally include crimes that include physical force against a person.

First Degree Murder is punishable by a minimum of 20 years in prison to a maximum of 60 years in prison.  If aggravating factors are present, as provided for in 720 ILCS 5/9-1(b)1 through (b)21, the maximum sentence may be increased to life in prison.  The entire prison sentence for First Degree Murder must be served.  There is no "good time" or any time reduced from the actual prison sentence.  The Death Penalty has been eliminated as an option in Illinois. You should consult with a Chicago criminal defense attorney at Legal Defenders, P.C., to discuss the particular factors for an individual case.

The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with First Degree Murder throughout Cook, Lake, DuPage and Kane County. The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders understand the differences between the various types of Murder in Illinois.  Also, the Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders are familiar with the various sentencing ranges for First Degree Murder and understand the complexities of the various sentencing factors. To discuss your particular Illinois Murder case, call the experienced Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders to discuss your particular Murder case.

What is Second Degree Murder?

A person commits Second Degree Murder when at the time of the killing they are acting under a sudden and intense passion from a serious provocation resulting in the death of the provocateur or the death of an innocent person.  An accused, however, can be exonerated, if he reasonably believes that conduct was necessary to defend himself or another person that was likely to cause death or great bodily harm.  Second Degree Murder is a Class 1 Felony that carries a sentence of 4 to 20 years in prison.  However, as an alternative to jail, probation is available for up to four years.

The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Second Degree Murder throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County and Kane County.  The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders understand the differences between First Degree Murder and Second Degree Murder in Illinois. Also, the Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders are familiar with the various sentencing ranges for First Degree Murder and Second Degree Murder and understand the complexities of the various sentencing factors. To discuss your particular Illinois First Degree Murder and Illinois Second Degree Murder case, call the experienced Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders to discuss your particular First Degree Murder and Second Degree Murder case.

What is Involuntary Manslaughter?

A person commits an Involuntary Manslaughter when they unintentionally kill an individual without lawful justification if their acts, whether lawful or unlawful, which caused the death, are such as are likely to cause death or great bodily harm to some individual, and they perform them recklessly.

Under Illinois sentencing laws, Involuntary Manslaughter is a Class 3 Felony but can be raised to a Class 2 Felony if aggravating factors exist as provided for in 720 ILCS 5/9(e)2 through (e)(9) and (f). Probation is usually available for a Class 3 Felony.  However, if aggravating circumstances are present, a mandatory jail sentence may be required.

The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with the Illinois crime of Involuntary Manslaughter throughout Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County and Kane County. The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders understand the differences between First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder and Involuntary Manslaughter in Illinois. Also, the Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders are familiar with the various sentencing ranges for First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, and Involuntary Manslaughter, and understand the complexities of the various sentencing factors. To discuss your particular Illinois First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder and Involuntary Manslaughter case, call the experienced Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders to discuss your particular First Degree Murder, Second Degree, Murder and Involuntary Manslaughter case.

What is Reckless Homicide?

In Illinois, a person commits a Reckless Homicide if he recklessly kills someone while operating a motor vehicle or operating a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or watercraft.  Reckless Homicide is a Class 3 Felony but can be raised to a Class 2 Felony if aggravating factors exist.  Under Illinois. A Class 3 Felony is punishable between 2 to 5 years in prison. A Class 2 Felony is punishable between 3 to 7 years in jail.  Probation is usually available for Class 3 and a Class 2 Felony.  However, if aggravating circumstances are present, a mandatory jail sentence may be required.

The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with the Illinois crime of Reckless Homicide throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County and Kane County.  The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders understand the differences between First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide in Illinois. Also, the Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders are familiar with the various sentencing ranges for First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide, and understand the complexities of the various sentencing factors. To discuss your particular Illinois First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide case, call the experienced Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders to discuss your particular First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter, and Reckless Homicide case.

Why Hire The Legal Defenders for Your First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter, and Reckless Homicide Case?

The criminal defense attorneys at The Legal Defenders understand the impact that a criminal conviction could have on someone's life.

The criminal defense attorneys at The Legal Defenders will look at the specific facts of your case and determine the best defense for your case. Since many cases involving First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide concern complex, difficult and technical questions concerning many factors stated in the various statutes and laws, each case must be evaluated individually, and each factor has to be taken into consideration when coming up with an effective plan of attack.

Also, the complex evidence issues make such cases difficult and very involved. Make sure you hire an experienced and competent attorney who has experience handling such cases.

The criminal defense attorneys at The Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide and will use their extensive experience and skills in coming up with an effective and winning courtroom strategy to defend you in your case involving First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide case in Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County or Kane County.