Murder or homicide is considered the most serious crime in Oklahoma and the rest of the United States, associated with significant penalties, including the death penalty. If you are accused of murder, you may face overwhelming public and media scrutiny before the trial even begins.
At Saint & Watzke, PLLP, our Broken Arrow criminal defense attorneys are highly qualified and experienced in helping you protecting your rights, reputation and freedom. We can conduct our own investigation into your case, gather our own evidence, analyze evidence collected by law enforcement, and interview potential witnesses in order to formulate a relentless and personalized defense strategy on your behalf.
The crime of murder is classified into two degrees: first degree murder and second degree murder. Both offenses are considered felonies. However, first degree murder is associated with more significant penalties, which include the death penalty depending on specific factors of the crime.
First degree murder is punishable by life in prison, with or without parole. If parole is granted, an individual cannot become eligible until at least 85% of their sentence has been served. In regards to a life sentence, a person would need to serve at least 38 years in prison prior to the possibility of parole.
Second degree murder is defined as the unlawful killing of another person without premeditation or malice aforethought. Typically this type of crime occurs by accident or during the heat of passion. Second degree murder is punishable by a minimum prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum life imprisonment sentence. The 85% rule applies for those eligible for parole.
Our Broken Arrow criminal defense attorneys possess an in-depth understanding of Oklahoma murder laws and court proceedings. As a former police officer, one of our lawyers has the comprehensive knowledge of the state legal system and aware of the mistakes that are made during an investigation. With the stakes this high, our legal team is experienced and skilled enough to help.
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