If you or a loved one has been charged with murder or attempted murder, you need an experienced defense lawyer. To schedule an in-office consultation with our Chicago criminal defense attorneys, call us today at (312) 466-9466.
Attempted Murder differs from Murder in several important ways, including the fact that intent is an element. This means if the prosecution can prove the defendant caused great bodily harm to a victim but cannot prove the defendant was trying to kill someone, they cannot prove Attempted Murder.
Often, arguing that the defendant did not intend to kill the victim is an effective defense. However, in such cases, a lesser charge of Aggravated Battery is a likely outcome instead, so if a defense of complete innocence, such as mistaken identity, is available, that is the best option.
Attempted Murder is a Class X felony which carries a sentencing range of 6 to 30 years in prison. The sentence goes up substantially if a firearm is used. In addition, if the victim suffers great bodily harm, the amount of "good time" he is eligible for decreases.
If you or a loved one is charged with Attempted Murder, it is important to know where you stand. To find out what your possible defenses are and the potential penalties, make an appointment with our office today for a consultation.