You didn’t intend to harm anyone when you were attacked in your home. You fought off the person, thinking he or she was trying to hurt you. It turned out to be a horrible prank, but the person that was paid to scare you didn’t get away with his life.
Now, you’re facing charges, because it’s questioned if you used reasonable force to fend off the intruder. You claim it’s all self-defense, but others think you went to far.
What should you do?
The first thing you need to understand is that being charged for a homicide has different penalties depending on the specifics of the case. A murder charge, for instance, doesn’t necessarily have to be premeditated. You could still face a felony, even if you didn’t intend to harm the other party.
Would it be fair to be charged with a murder when you were trying to protect yourself? Not really. That’s why your attorney will fight to defend you. Using self-defense as a defense to your case is just one way to be found innocent. If there isn’t enough evidence to prove your innocence, your attorney could also attempt to have the charges lowered. Manslaughter charges are less serious than murder charges and carry fewer penalties.
As soon as you know you’re being charged, it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney. Although you’re charged, you aren’t convicted. Your attorney will make sure you don’t face an unfair bias and that the facts of your case make it to those who need to hear them. Our site has more on this important topic.