Sioux Falls Murder Defense
Client Focused Attorneys
When actions result in the death of another, murder or manslaughter charges may arise. These charges are extremely serious, and a conviction may result in serious penalties. At Ver Beek Law, our Sioux Falls murder attorneys provide legal representation to clients facing all types of homicide charges, from vehicular homicide and justifiable homicide to first- or second-degree murder.
If you have been charged with murder, call (605) 250-2227 to learn how we can help.
Homicide Charges in South Dakota
Homicide is when one person ends the life of another. Any homicide charge is serious, but first and second-degree murder are the most serious charges and carry severe penalties.
We fight for the rights of clients charged with:
- Vehicular homicide
The charge you may be facing depends on the circumstances of the case and the degree of intent. Our Sioux Falls murder lawyers provide legal representation for clients facing murder and homicide charges. Whenever possible, we work to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed, while preparing a strong defense for court.
First- & Second-Degree Murder
Murder in the first degree is a class A felony, which is the most serious felony classification in South Dakota. A conviction is punishable by death, life in prison, or a fine of up to $50,000.
An individual may be charged with murder in the first degree if:
- there is evidence of premeditation and intention to cause death;
- the death occurred during the commission of another crime, such as arson, rape, kidnapping, or robbery; and/or
- the murder occurred to prevent detection or prosecution of another crime.
Murder in the second degree is the commission of a dangerous act without regard for human life. There is no premeditation, but the lack of intent does not excuse the crime or make the charges any less serious. While the convicted person may escape the death penalty, he or she could face life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
Defending Your Rights
The best thing you can do to help your defense is to avoid talking to the police, giving statements, or answering questions without contacting an attorney. Often, people feel they are helping their case and showing their innocence by cooperating. Invoke your right to an attorney and contact our firm today.