Knoxville Second Degree Murder Lawyer

Criminal homicide is an extremely serious offense with drastic consequences. If you have been accused of homicide in Tennessee, you need an extremely knowledgeable and skilled criminal defense attorney on your side to fight for your rights and give you the best possible result in your homicide case. The Tennessee defense attorneys at Baker Associates have an excellent track record of successfully defending individuals charged with homicide offenses in Tennessee.

In the state of Tennessee, criminal homicide falls under seven categories: First degree murder, second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, criminally negligent homicide, assisted suicide and vehicular homicide. But, what is second degree murder? Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-13-210(a) defines second degree murder as a knowing killing of another. The defendant kills knowingly when he or she acts with awareness that his or her behavior will cause the person's death.

The code also defines second degree murder as a killing of another that results from the unlawful distribution of any Schedule I or Schedule II drug, when the drug is the proximate cause of the user's death. Schedule I and II drugs are considered the most severe by the General Assembly. The severity of a drug is determined by its potential for abuse as well as lack of any societal benefits. Drugs such as opiates and cocaine are considered the most severe.

A subsection of the Tennessee code also states that in a prosecution for second degree murder, if the defendant deliberately and knowingly performs acts such as multiple incidents of domestic abuse, assault or infliction of bodily injury against a single victim, the jury may infer that the defendant was aware that the cumulative effect of such conduct was reasonably certain to result in the death of the victim. However, a bill is currently before the General Assembly (as of June 1, 2009) that would make the acts referred to under this subsection a First Degree Murder offense.

The punishment for second degree murder in Tennessee is extremely severe. If you are convicted, you could get a lengthy prison sentence (15 to 60 years) and a hefty fine (up to $50,000). Second degree murder is what is known as a Class A felony, one of the most serious crimes.

If you or a loved one has been charged with second degree murder in East Tennessee, please call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Baker Associates for a free consultation. In second degree murder cases, it is extremely important to have access to national experts and top-notch investigators to gather key evidence and prepare a strong, winning defense. Call us today to discuss your case.

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Knox County
2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

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Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
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Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Knoxville Murder Defense Law Firm Disclaimer: The second degree murder, homicide, manslaughter, 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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