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Murder charges require a high level of legal competence from your defense attorney. It is among the most severely punished of all crimes. Our firm has the courtroom experience, knowledge, and tenacity you need to build a strong and effective defense. With so much at stake, we recommend that you contact our team as soon as possible to get the protection and assistance you need at this critical time.
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Murder charges in New York include the following:
- Murder in the first degree
- Murder in the second degree
- Aggravated murder
Murder in the first degree is covered under Section 125.27 of the New York Penal Code. It is defined as “intent to cause the death of another person.” This law covers sections concerning intended victims, such as police officers, firefighters, paramedics, judges, prison employees, and witnesses to crimes as well as murder for hire, torture, and murder as a result of terrorist acts. This law also includes murder committed while “under the influence of extreme emotional disturbance” as well as felony murder while committing or fleeing from such crimes as robbery, rape, arson, kidnapping, and more. It is charged as a Class A-1 felony.
Penalties include 20 to 25 years in prison or life imprisonment.
Second-degree murder is defined under Section 125.25 of the New York Penal Code while aggravated murder is covered under Section 125.26. These crimes are also charged as Class A-1 felonies. These crimes are generally differentiated from first-degree murder because they involve acting under the influence of “extreme emotional disturbance.”