Keegan Law: Boston’s Best Murder Defense Lawyers
Protecting Your Future & Freedom
The killing of another person is considered the most serious of all crimes. In Massachusetts, the maximum sentence for murder is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. At Keegan Law, we are available around the clock to answer your questions and work on your defense. We believe in helping our clients protect their futures and will not stop until a favorable outcome has been reached. Call us now to get former police officers and soldiers as your defense team!
Charges for Murder
Massachusetts law distinguishes between what constitutes murder in the first degree and murder in the second degree.
First degree murder is defined as the killing of a person with any of the following:
- Premeditated malice aforethought
- Felony murder: the commission or attempted commission of a felony punishable by death or life imprisonment
- Extreme atrocity or cruelty
Second-degree murder is characterized by either:
- With malice aforethought but without deliberate premeditation, or
- Committed in the commission or attempted commission of a felony offense
If you have been accused of murder, it is critical to the outcome of your case and your future freedom that you select an experienced criminal defense lawyer with a strong track record in murder litigation.
Defending Against Murder Charges in Boston
Depending upon the circumstances surrounding the murder, there can be any number of successful defense strategies. As former police officers, we have a thorough understanding of investigation techniques and know how to spot weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
Common defenses used in murder cases include:
- The murder was in self-defense and thus without malice aforethought or premeditation
- The homicide was accidental
- The killing was a crime of passion and should be downgraded to manslaughter
- You have a perfectly reasonable alibi for not being at the crime scene
Murder Trials and Penalties
Murder trials are a sensitive matter. As they address the most serious of crimes, they require the most serious of handling. This includes everything from incisive jury selection, to access to expert witnesses and private investigators, to careful engagement with the media. The experience and expertise we’ve been able to amass at Keegan Law means we know what steps to take in each of these arenas to make sure that trial procedure remains an airtight, viable environment for presenting a defense against the harshest penalties the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has to offer.
The penalties associated with a murder conviction in Massachusetts can vary, but all of them are to be taken extremely seriously, including life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In the case of second degree murder, parole can only be considered after a minimum of 15 years served. Often, it is possible to reduce these charges so lesser crimes (including voluntary and involuntary manslaughter), but even these come with significant sentences. It is critical to have an experienced, assertive representation of a Boston homicide attorney in these cases to ensure the best possible outcome from these charges.
We Are Ready to Defend You
Here at Keegan Law, we have over 40 years of combined experience in criminal justice. Our dedicated legal team works closely with experts in forensic disciplines ranging from fingerprint analysis to toxicology in order to find the subtle differences between condemning and exonerating forensic evidence. We never underestimate the impact that our work can have on your future, and we fight tirelessly to obtain the best results for every client.
Let our experience work for you, and contact us today for a free case evaluation.