As you likely know, laws vary from state to state. The same crime committed in one state could have different charges or consequences than in another state. Because of these differences, it is important to understand the exact laws associated with the charges you face.
If law enforcement in Georgia charges you with murder, you may face a different scenario than if charged with such a crime elsewhere. This allegation is still serious and should be treated carefully, and part of that careful treatment may include learning as much as possible about your specific predicament.
State laws regarding murder
Unlike some other states, Georgia law does not utilize first-degree or second-degree classifications for murder. Instead, any malicious killing or killing without provocation is considered murder. The law does recognize other types of homicide such as voluntary and involuntary manslaughter.
A charge for felony murder could also come about in this state. For this allegation to apply, the death would have to have happened while someone carried out an "inherently dangerous felony." The death could even come about unintentionally, but nonetheless, if it resulted during the course of a dangerous felony, it constitutes felony murder. Examples of dangerous felonies include burglary, robbery, kidnapping, arson and rape.
If you face a murder or felony murder charge, you face the risk of having serious penalties brought against you in the event of a conviction. Of course, the details of your case will play a major part in determining exact sentencing and other outcomes if a conviction does occur, but it is possible to face life in prison or even the death penalty as the result of a ruling against you.
Understandably, you want the best results possible from your case, and understanding the charges against you and applicable state laws could go a long way in helping you prepare for your case. Additionally, it is important to remember that you are considered innocent in the eyes of the law until -- and only if -- proven guilty in a court of law.
Creating a defense
Certainly, you want to put your best foot forward when creating a criminal defense presentation. If you feel uncertain about your options or where to begin, you may want to enlist the help of a legal professional. An attorney can explain the laws associated with your case as well as help you determine your available defense options.