The Law Office of Jess Marchese has built up a reputation as an experienced murder defense firm, serving Las Vegas, Nevada. We off the best murder defense team available to anyone who is about to face an investigation or a prosecution for this type of crime. We are dedicated to working tirelessly for our clients. We never give up on a case but serve our clients from the start to the finish of their murder charge.
Murder is the taking of another person’s life. Penalties for crimes of murder normally include a death sentence or a long period locked away in a prison. In the US, murder is either murder in the first degree or second degree. Both of these situations are to do with the level of involvement of the offender. For example, with first-degree murder, this act has been performed on purpose and was therefore planned. Second-degree murder is when the crime was not premeditated.
Mandatory Sentencing for Murder in Nevada
Each state has different penalties for murder but Nevada imposes the following:
- First-degree murder – Death, Life without parole, 20 years to Life or 20 to 50 years in prison
- Second-degree murder – 10 years to Life or 10 to 25 years in prison
What Should I do When Arrested?
The penalties for murder are severe and our police force tries to ensure the culprit is out of harms’ way for as long as possible. If you have been arrested as a murder suspect, do not expect to be treated well in front of a judge and jury. To help you through your ordeal you should contact a knowledgeable and experienced murder defense lawyer.
Your Rights as the Accused
A few decades ago, there were some celebrated cases in our country when suspects were not convicted because the courts ruled that force was used to extract confessions. Since this time, all arrested suspects are entitled to the right:
- To remain silent
- To speak with an attorney before being questioned
- To have an attorney present when questioned
- To be allocated an attorney by a court if they can’t afford their own
When you are under arrest, whether you think you are guilty or not, the first thing you must do is not to say anything about what happened to your arresting police officer or any other interrogator.
Whatever you say will be recorded and may be used as evidence against you in court. It is easy to become upset and angry once you have been arrested but shouting and protesting will not get you any sympathy.
You may think you were riled in some way, which made you commit murder. The officers at the police station will not listen. You must contact a murder defense attorney immediately who will do their own investigation to get the facts.
Why do I Need a Murder Defense Lawyer?
Murder is a serious crime and most prosecutors try to get an early conviction. If you do not take on a murder defense lawyer as soon as possible then you might lose out on the chance of really defending your actions.
The prosecutor will put all their detectives at work so that they can convince the judge and jury. This could mean you walking out of court in handcuffs with the maximum penalty. However, we will put all of our experience into defending your actions and getting you a more favourable outcome.
What will a Murder Defense Lawyer do for You?
We will listen to your opinion and will try to find any witnesses that may vouch for your good character as a way of swaying the judge and jury to give a lower penalty. We will also advise you on how to handle interrogation techniques that are often used to get a signed confession before the trial date. We will not leave you to fend for yourself but will guide you through the legal process.
If you or one of your family members is now in custody in Las Vegas facing a murder charge, then you should get legal representation.
You should make an appointment with us at The Law Office of Jess Marchese. We will put up a convincing defense and make sure that you get a fair trial if it comes to that. We are well set up to aggressively defend your alleged murder case.