Murder
(1st Degree)
Murder
(2nd Degree)
Manslaughter
Death Penalty or imprisonment for lifeor imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole30 years10 yearsor 2 years in local correctional facility and/or $500
Attempted: imprisonment not exceeding lifeAttempted:30 years

Murder/Manslaughter Defense Lawyer in Maryland

§ 2-207. Manslaughter (a) Penalty. — A person who commits manslaughter is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to: (1) imprisonment not exceeding 10 years; or (2) imprisonment in a local correctional facility not exceeding 2 years or a fine not exceeding $ 500 or both. § 2-204. Murder in the second degree (a) In general. — A murder that is not in the first degree under § 2-201 of this subtitle is in the second degree.(b) Penalty. — A person who commits a murder in the second degree is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 30 years. § 2-201. Murder in the first degree (a) In general. — A murder is in the first degree if it is: (1) a deliberate, premeditated, and willful killing; (2) committed by lying in wait; (3) committed by poison; or (4) committed in the perpetration of or an attempt to perpetrate: (i) arson in the first degree; (ii) burning a barn, stable, tobacco house, warehouse, or other outbuilding that: 1. is not parcel to a dwelling; and 2. contains cattle, goods, wares, merchandise, horses, grain, hay, or tobacco; (iii) burglary in the first, second, or third degree; (iv) carjacking or armed carjacking; (v) escape in the first degree from a State correctional facility or a local correctional facility; (vi) kidnapping under § 3-502 or § 3-503(a)(2) of this article; (vii) mayhem; (viii) rape; (ix) robbery under § 3-402 or § 3-403 of this article; (x) sexual offense in the first or second degree; (xi) sodomy; or (xii) a violation of § 4-503 of this article concerning destructive devices.(b) Penalty. (1) A person who commits a murder in the first degree is guilty of a felony and on conviction shall be sentenced to: (i) death; (ii) imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole; or (iii) imprisonment for life.

Both murder and manslaughter are two very serious charges that exist in the Maryland Penal Code. The difference between the two is whether the death of the victim was caused by a premeditated action or not. When it is premeditated, the charge will be murder. Either of these charges is extremely dangerous if you or a loved has been arrested and charged. As Maryland remains a “death penalty state” it means that being convicted on a murder charge could result in the loss of your life. Manslaughter will not get the death penalty. Depending on the details of your case, you could spend decades or your entire life incarcerated in state prison. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with either murder or manslaughter, it is critical that you get legal representation immediately from a Maryland criminal defense lawyer. The Law Offices of John Adams is experienced in the defense of murder or manslaughter charges and will fight for you.

Murder/Manslaughter Defense Lawyer in Maryland

These charges are frightening for anyone who has been so charged. It is critical that you do not answer any questions from investigators or law enforcement on any murder or manslaughter case without first getting legal representation to advise you. How you respond to questioning can be a major part of the case against you. You may well be frightened and worried, but chatting with any police officer is a very bad idea. A “friendly” law enforcement officer is looking for a way to get information out of you. Or they may use the bad cop approach. Either way, the police are out to get you. If you invoke your right to an attorney and invoke your right to remain silent you will have done the most important things possible to protect your rights, next to hiring a lawyer. At the Law Offices of John Adams we will counsel you and do all in our power to defend you. A skilled criminal defense attorney is absolutely vital if you have been charged with this crime. Contact a Maryland Murder Manslaughter Defense Lawyer from the Law Offices of John Adams if you have been arrested and charged with such offense and are seek to have a high quality, aggressive criminal defense lawyer to fight for you