First Degree Murder Defense Attorney

In Tennessee, first degree murder is the highest level of homicide crimes. The punishment for a homicide conviction could include a lengthy prison sentence, life in prison or even the death penalty in the state. Even if you are not convicted, the mere allegation that you killed another human being will adversely affect your job prospects, personal life, your standing in the community and eventually, your peace of mind.

Tennessee recognizes seven homicide crimes: first degree murder, second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, vehicular homicide, reckless homicide and assisted suicide. Although medical abortions are legal in the state, a person can still be charged with homicide for killing a viable fetus.

Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-13-202 defines the crime of First Degree Murder as a "premeditated and intentional killing of another." First degree murder could also include the killing of another in the perpetration of or attempt to perpetrate any first degree murder, act of terrorism, arson, rape, robbery, burglary, theft, kidnapping, child abuse or child neglect. It includes the killing of another by unlawful throwing, placing or discharging of a bomb or any other destructive device.

What is "premeditation" in first-degree murder? In State v. Bryan (1999), the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals stated that "premeditation" requires that the act be committed "after the exercise of reflection and judgment, but the purpose to kill is not required to have pre-existed in the mind of the defendant for any definite period of time." In first degree murder trials, it is up to the jury to determine whether a defendant has acted with premeditation. In almost every murder case, this jury determination will be based on the evidence – both physical and circumstantial. Examples of such evidence may include statements made by the defendant of intent to kill, use of a deadly weapon on an unarmed victim, the defendant's prior relationship with the victim or the infliction of multiple wounds.

A person convicted of first degree murder in Tennessee can be punished by the death sentence, life in prison without the possibility of parole or imprisonment for life. If you or a loved one has been charged with first degree murder in Tennessee, it is critical that you contact a Tennessee homicide lawyer immediately. Please contact the experienced homicide defense attorneys at Baker Associates.

We have successfully represented individuals charged with homicide offenses in Tennessee. In such cases, the stakes are extremely high. Your life could depend on it. Do not take a chance. Get the most aggressive and skilled legal representation by calling Baker Associates today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

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800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

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Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

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Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Sevierville Criminal Defense Attorney Disclaimer: The first degree murder, violent crime, homicide, criminal defense or other legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case. Please contact a lawyer at our law firm. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Tennessee.


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