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Experienced Defense Counsel for Murder Charges

It goes without saying that any allegations involving the death of someone are as serious as can be and if you are either being investigated for this crime or a loved one is accused of this crime, you need to contact a New York City homicide crime lawyer immediately. We understand this is a big decision, and you can’t afford to work with an attorney you don’t feel comfortable with which is why we offer free consultations. Meet with our team and learn more about what our firm can do for you.

To arrange your free consultation, contact the Law Office of John Buza, PC today at (212) 577-9328.

Things to Know About Homicide Charges

New York Penal Code Article 125 covers the various statutes involving homicide. There are two main things that separate homicide allegations from any other allegation of criminality. The first is that these allegations are incredibly serious. The second is that often times the best witness to what actually happened is sadly not able to testify.

Unfortunately, police department is not interested in vindicating a truly innocent person. They are interested in making an arrest and "closing out" the case. Once a person is arrested, their work is over. The prosecution will now be fighting aggressively to prove the charged is guilty. You will need an attorney who will be just as passionate and fervent in defending your name and freedom.

Possible Homicide Defense Strategies

The most common charge associated with homicide in New York is Murder in the Second Degree-subdivision one, in which someone intentionally causes the death of another person. The most common affirmative defense for this charge is asserting that the defendant acted in a state of "extreme emotional disturbance" when they committed the homicide. The important thing to note is that the successful assertion of this defense does not mean an acquittal. It simply lowers the charge to Manslaughter in the First Degree.

The prosecution must also prove that the defendant was not acting in self-defense beyond any reasonable doubt. Remember, it is not your job to prove who committed the murder, or even to combat all the evidence against you. In order to fight a charge, all you need to do is cast doubt that you acted in the manner described by the prosecution. Our experienced Manhattan homicide defense attorney knows how to build effective strategies to meet these ends.

If you, or a loved one, is accused of or is the subject of a homicide investigation, do not hesitate to contact John Buza for a free consultation.

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