Homicide, the unlawful killing of another person, is severely punished in our society, with penalties that may lead to a life sentence with no parole. Whether you face murder, manslaughter or another violent crime charge, you deserve an experienced defense attorney who will assert your rights in the criminal justice system. At Law Offices of Matthew J. Rusnak, LLC, we have both the skill and background to defend people in the Lakewood area and throughout Washington accused of committing homicide. We know that these charges affect not only you but also your family. Based on the facts of your case, we will seek the best possible outcome, whether that’s an acquittal, sentence reduction or plea agreement.
In most instances, killings that are presumed to be willful and premeditated carry the toughest punishments. Accordingly, these cases, often referred to as first-degree murder prosecutions, demand a thorough investigation of the alleged crime and the defendant’s purported actions. Whenever possible, an effective attorney will work to reduce the allegation to a second-degree count or another type of charge where the element of premeditation does not exist. A murder that occurs without forethought or a manslaughter charge where the malice necessary to prove murder cannot be demonstrated carries a more lenient sentence.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may be able to offer a defense based on these factors:
It’s important for you and all defendants in criminal cases to understand that the burden of proof lies with the prosecution and that all defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. When we represent you in felony cases such as murder or manslaughter, we are with you at every step to ensure your rights are upheld from the moment you seek our help.
A homicide investigation can involve the collection and analysis of various types of evidence, including scientific data and witness statements. Because jurors tend to put substantial faith in the reliability and conclusiveness of science, forensic evidence is one of the most powerful tools in a homicide case. When it can bolster our client’s case, we conduct meticulous reviews of evidence such as autopsy records, blood splatter and gunpowder analyses, firearm tests, DNA reports and other hard scientific documents. We can match the state’s experts with highly educated, knowledgeable forensic scientists we can call upon. Likewise, we understand how witnesses can engage in deception or commit honest mistakes, especially when they’re feeling the pressure from powerful government authorities. By conducting an exhaustive investigation of the witnesses and relevant facts and using our trial experience, our attorneys can skillfully rebut false and unsupported statements.
Our attorneys understand the difficult situation you face. We are committed to your well-being from the moment we take your case, knowing that nothing less than your freedom is at stake when you stand accused of a homicide. You can rely on our trial-tested advocacy and knowledge of Washington law to provide a diligent defense that seeks to preserve that freedom.
If you’ve been charged with a serious felony such as murder or manslaughter, you need immediate help from a defense attorney who is committed to protecting your rights in the criminal justice system. Law Offices of Matthew J. Rusnak, LLC in Lakewood represents clients throughout Washington facing a range of homicide charges. Call us at 253-588-4006 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.