Murder Defense Attorney
in St. Louis, Missouri

According to statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program, there were 30,380 reported violent crime incidents in Missouri in 2019, including 568 murder and nonnegligent manslaughter cases. In the state of Missouri, murder – causing the death of another person intentionally – is a serious offense that usually attracts harsh punishment. A defendant convicted of murder could face devastating penalties, including life imprisonment without eligibility for parole, massive fines, a permanent criminal record, and other life-altering consequences.

If you have been arrested and charged with a murder offense, hiring an aggressive and highly skilled Missouri criminal defense attorney is paramount to help build your defense. At The Law Office of Gregory N. Smith, I'm dedicated to offering knowledgeable legal guidance and vigorous representation to individuals facing murder charges. As your legal counsel, I will investigate every last detail of your case and craft an effective defense strategy to maximize your chances of the best possible outcome for your case. I will fight aggressively on your side to defend your legal rights, dispute the accusations against you with overwhelming evidence, and ensure that you receive fair treatment.

My firm – The Law Office of Gregory N. Smith – is proud to serve clients across St. Louis, Missouri, and the surrounding areas of St. Charles, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, and East St. Louis.

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Overview of Murder Charges in Missouri

Under Missouri laws, murder can be defined as causing the death of another person intentionally or knowingly. Murder is categorized into murder in the first degree and murder in the second degree.

Murder in the First Degree

Pursuant to Missouri Revised Statutes Section 565.020, "a person commits the offense of murder in the first degree if he or she knowingly causes the death of another person after deliberation upon the matter."

Murder in the Second Degree

According to Missouri Revised Statutes Section 565.021, a person commits the offense of murder in the second degree if he or she:

  • Knowingly causes the death of another person or, with the purpose of causing serious physical injury to another person, causes the death of another person
  • Inadvertently causes the death of another person while committing or attempting to commit any felony
  • Intentionally causes serious physical injuries to another person, which causes his or her death

Involuntary Manslaughter in the First Degree

Under Missouri Revised Statutes Section 565.024, a person commits the offense of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree if he or she recklessly causes the death of another person.

Involuntary Manslaughter in the Second Degree

According to Missouri Revised Statutes Section 565.027, a person commits the offense of involuntary manslaughter in the second degree if he or she acts with criminal negligence to cause the death of any person.

Possible Penalties

If convicted for murder in the state of Missouri, the possible penalties include:

First Degree Murder: The offense of murder in the first degree is a Class A felony, punishable by the death penalty or imprisonment for life without eligibility for probation or parole.

Second Degree Murder: The offense of murder in the second degree is a Class A felony, punishable by 10 to 30 years or life in prison. If the murder occurred while committing or attempting to commit a felony offense, excluding murder or manslaughter, the punishment will be in addition to the sentence for the other felony offense.

First Degree Involuntary Manslaughter: The offense of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree is a Class B or Class C felony, depending on the surrounding circumstances. This is punishable by 5 to 15 years in prison (Class B felony) or up to 7 years in prison (Class C felony), and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Second Degree Involuntary Manslaughter: The offense of involuntary manslaughter in the second degree is a Class E felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Possible Defenses

If you are facing murder charges, your attorney can fight the allegations against you with any of the following defenses:

  • Innocence
  • Accident or misfortune
  • Lack of intent
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Self-defense
  • Heat of passion
  • Resisting any attempt to murder any person or to commit a felony
  • Defense of habitation, property, or person
  • Defense of a person in imminent danger
  • Committed in an attempt to uphold the law

Get Help from a Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney

Facing murder charges can jeopardize your reputation, liberty, reputation, quality of life, and potential professional opportunities. However, defending your murder allegations without experienced representation could easily expose you to the possibility of getting convicted and receiving the maximum punishment. Therefore, when facing murder accusations, retaining a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately is imperative to help protect your rights and outline your defense strategy.

At The Law Office of Gregory N. Smith, I have the experience and resources to defend and represent clients in their murder cases. As a former DNA analyst, I can use my knowledge of DNA evidence to dispute the prosecutorial evidence and attempt to establish your innocence. I will investigate all the surrounding facts of your case, fight vigorously to defend your legal rights, and ensure that you are being treated fairly in every stage of the legal process. I will dedicate every available resource at my disposal to fight your murder charges and ensure that those accusations don't ruin your life.

Murder Defense Attorney
Serving St. Louis, Missouri

If you're facing murder charges, don't face them alone. Contact The Law Office of Gregory N. Smith today to schedule a simple case assessment. I can offer you the comprehensive legal guidance, reliable advocacy, and aggressive representation you need to fight your murder allegations. My firm proudly represents clients across St. Louis, St. Charles, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, and East St. Louis, Missouri.