Murder is the offense of taking another’s life. It is the most serious of all crimes, and the consequences are equally severe. In Virginia, a murder conviction can result in the death penalty, life in prison without parole, a 40 year prison term, or other extreme sentence. If you have been accused of or are under investigation for murder, your freedom is in jeopardy. It is crucial to obtain legal representation from an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer who has already successfully defended murder clients and who is adept at criminal trial procedure. Fairfax Murder Attorney Faraji Rosenthall represents defendants accused of murder and offers a no-cost case review.
Defending Against Murder Charges
In Virginia, murder charges include, but are not limited to, the following offenses:
- Capital murder
- First degree murder
- Second degree murder
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Involuntary manslaughter
Obviously, being charged with murder is a gut-wrenching experience. It is important to remember, however, that the mere accusation of murder does not mean that you are guilty of the offense or that you will be convicted in a court of law. The prosecution has the burden of proving, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you are guilty of the offense. It is your defense attorney’s duty to craft an effective and viable defense strategy and to challenge the prosecution’s case.
Attorney Rosenthall has years of experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. As a former Virginia State Prosecutor, Attorney Rosenthall handled thousands of criminal cases. This first-hand knowledge gives him great perspective when defending clients, because he understands how the prosecution conducts its cases and how they are likely to behave during pre-trial and court proceedings.
Protecting Your Rights
As a defendant accused of a criminal offense, you have numerous Constitutional protections. The government must conduct its case in a manner that does not violate your Constitutional rights. For example, you have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. If evidence against you was obtained in an illegal search, this may be challenged by your attorney. You have the right against self-incrimination. You are not required to answer questions while you are detained or under arrest. If your Miranda rights were not read to you, your attorney may challenge the validity of any self-incriminating statements you might have made. Successful challenges of this nature may result in a plea bargain, reduced sentence, new trial or dismissal of charges.
Fairfax Murder Attorney
It is advantageous to obtain legal representation as early as possible during the arrest or investigation phase so that your attorney can promptly intercede on your behalf and start preparing your defense. Attorney Fariji Rosenthall offers a complimentary case review in which you can ask questions, obtain a better grasp of the case against you and learn of possible defense strategies. To schedule your appointment or to obtain additional information, contact The Law Office of Faraji Rosenthall at 703-934-0101