Have You Been Charged with an Extreme Atrocity or Cruelty Offense?

First Degree Murder Charges in Boston

At Keegan Law, we provide a zealous defense for individuals who are facing murder charges, and this includes the most serious murder cases involving “extreme atrocity or cruelty.” Murders involving extreme cruelty are considered to be barbaric, inhumane, and wicked, and are generally associated with a heightened level of physical violence or torture.

Despite the nature of these charges, it does not mean that all who are accused are guilty. While the criminal justice system may be good, it is not foolproof, especially when innocent people are wrongfully accused of first degree murder. If you are facing homicide charges, Keegan Law is the exact kind of high-caliber criminal defense firm that you need, and here’s why:

  • We have a former prosecutor on our team
  • Selection for inclusion in Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Joe Keegan is a former police officer who know what tactics detectives use to get confessions and illegally obtain evidence

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Penalties for a Conviction

Under Part IV, Title I, Chapter 265, Section 1, murder committed with extreme atrocity or cruelty is murder in the first degree. Anyone who commits murder with extreme atrocity or cruelty, and who was at least 18 years of age at the time of the murder, may suffer punishment of death.

Electrocution was the most common form of execution in the Commonwealth until capital punishment was abolished in 1984. Since the death penalty was ruled unconstitutional in the 1980s, governors, including Mitt Romney have attempted to reinstate the death penalty. To date, all attempts have been unsuccessful, however, that does not stop federal prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in federal cases.

Contact a Boston murder defense attorney!

If you are facing murder charges, contact Keegan Law for immediate assistance. Only an experienced Boston criminal defense lawyer can: determine if you have grounds for dismissal of the charges against you, explore your plea options, or vigorously defend you at trial.

With over 40 years of collective experience defending murder cases, we know the local court system and how good your chances are for a favorable outcome in court or at the negotiating table. Let us help you make the right decisions about your case and protect your rights – call now!