Murder, Manslaughter, and Criminally Negligent Homicide
Murder / homicide charges are classified at various levels, and the classification depends on the alleged state of mind of the accused person, the manner in which the crime was committed, the circumstances surrounding the act, as well as many other complicated factors. A conviction for murder in the first degree, a Class 1 felony, has two possible sentences, death or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Murder in the second degree, a Class 2 felony, is subject to mandatory enhanced sentencing as a violent crime, but can be a Class 3 felony when the act causing the death was performed upon a sudden heat of passion, caused by a serious and highly provoking act by the intended victim, affected the defendant sufficiently to excite an irresistible passion in a reasonable person.
Manslaughter, a Class 4 felony, occurs when the death of a person is caused by recklessness.
Click below to read the official Colorado statutory definitions for these offenses:
Murder in the first degree (18-3-102)
Murder in the second degree (18-3-103)
Criminally negligent homicide (18-3-105)
- A collective criminal defense team, including Alexander Garlin, obtained a Not Guilty verdict after a two week jury trial in a Denver County case where a young woman was accused of First Degree Murder in the stabbing death of another woman. If convicted, the client would have faced life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
- In the Murder in the first degree trial of a grandmother who shot and killed her husband with a .22 caliber rifle in their mobile home, Alexander Garlin obtained a reduced verdict of Manslaughter from a Jefferson County jury. The client was released from prison in less than one (1) year.
- A collective criminal defense team, including Alexander Garlin, obtained a voluntary dismissal in a Jefferson County case where a client was charged with First Degree Murder after comprehensive defense investigation and a critical review of the police evidence revealed that the accused could not have been at the scene when the victim received more than fifty (50) stab wounds.
Alexander Garlin has experience in providing criminal defense of all levels of homicide, including murder in the first degree. Whether you contact Garlin Driscoll, LLC, or other qualified attorneys, we recommend that you do so without delay so that you can better understand your circumstances, and thereby promote informed decision making that could significantly improve the ultimate outcome of your case.
The criminal defense attorneys at Garlin Driscoll, LLC, welcome your inquiry and do not charge for initial telephone, e-mail and/or office consultations.