There is no criminal offence more serious than murder. Murder cases attract the most comprehensive police investigation, zealous prosecution, and the harshest penalties known to law.
The penalty for murder is life imprisonment. Period. Regardless of whether the verdict is first degree or second degree, the penalty is Life. The difference is in the period of time that must be served before the offender is eligible for supervised release on parole. For first degree murder, the minimum is 25 years, but is often longer; for second degree murder, the minimum is 10 years, but is often longer. For manslaughter, there is no minimum penalty, and no minimum period of parole ineligibility. Clearly, from the client’s perspective, there is a huge difference
- First Degree Murder
- Second Degree Murder
- Attempted Murder
- Accessory after the fact to murder