Homicide

Hire A Lawyer To Protect Your Rights Immediately!

Even if you have not been charged but are under investigation, you should have an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you. If we are able to represent and protect you before charges are filed against you, we can likely prevent the police from violating your constitutional rights and gathering evidence illegally.

Being charged with murder is one of the most serious charges possible under Michigan law. Accordingly, it carries severe penalties and imprisonment, sometimes for life. As soon as you are able, contact us for help.

Your Entire Life Is On The Line — And Without A Lawyer, The Police May Violate Your Rights

Knowing that life in prison is at stake, it is important to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney — someone who has what it takes to aggressively protect your interests during an investigation and at trial.

At Garton & Vogt, P.C., we have over 20 years of successful criminal defense experience in state and federal court. In many cases, we convinced prosecutors that there is not enough evidence to convict our client. As a result, the charges were dropped or reduced.

On other cases, we have obtained jury verdicts acquitting our client or finding him or her not guilty. We have represented clients during the pre-charge investigation, at trial and on appeals and motions.

In Michigan, you could be charged with first- or second-degree murder, depending upon the circumstances:

  • First-degree murder. If you are convicted for first-degree murder, the law states that you shall be punished by life in prison without the possibility of parole.
    • The law defines first-degree murder as a premeditated or preplanned intentional killing.
    • It also can include killing someone while committing another crime such as arson, child abuse, criminal sexual conduct, drug crimes, robbery and larceny, and several other crimes.
    • Murder of a police or peace officer performing his or her duties also falls under first-degree murder.
  • Second-degree murder. According to the statutes, second-degree murder includes "all other kinds of murder." You can also face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

You Have The Right To Remain Silent

When you are facing serious charges like murder, do not talk to the police without a lawyer. Many people think that they can explain away charges — especially if they are innocent — or prove their innocence by talking directly with the police. This can produce irreversible consequences. The police are trained to obtain confessions from people. Talking with them without an attorney will likely make your case worse.

Contact Garton & Vogt, P.C.

To talk with an experienced defense lawyer about the murder charges you or a loved one faces, contact our Clinton Township law office at 586-257-2692 for a free phone consultation. We serve clients throughout Macomb County.