Indianapolis Homicide Lawyer

Do not hesitate to call Suhre & Associates, LLC if you or a loved one are facing criminal charges for homicide in Indianapolis, IN.

Prosecutors will not waste a moment in building a case against you. That means you can’t waste any time before crafting your defense.

Our Indianapolis homicide defense attorneys can help.

Give our law office a call today to arrange a time for your free consultation and discuss your charges.

Why Should You Hire a Suhre & Associates, LLC Homicide Attorney?

Crime

There are few things more serious in life than being arrested and charged with the death of another human being. Such a charge has the potential to cost you your freedom, your assets, and even your life.

Before you begin to panic, however, it is important to remember that you will only face these penalties if you are convicted. Since the prosecution will be working tirelessly to make that happen, it is up to you to make their job as difficult as possible. You can take the first step toward accomplishing this feat by hiring our experienced Indianapolis criminal defense lawyers.

At Suhre & Associates, LLC, we are committed to fighting hard on behalf of our clients. When you hire us to represent you in your homicide case, we will:

Provide You with Sound Legal Advice

The outcome of a homicide case is often determined by the actions a defendant takes while they are being investigated and prosecuted. Smart decisions tend to be rewarded with favorable outcomes, while errors of judgment usually result in harsher punishments.

The lawyers at Suhre & Associates, LLC have worked on countless homicide cases over the years. As a result, we know which actions are likely to result in the most favorable outcomes. When you work with us, we will always be by your side to advise you on the right moves to make in any given situation.

Compile Exculpatory Evidence

In many homicide cases, the best way to clear your name is to prove that you could not possibly have killed the victim. You can usually do this by showing that you were in a different place or with another person at the time of the killing.

Having worked on numerous homicide cases in the past, our attorneys know how and where to find exculpatory evidence. As your legal representatives, we will review surveillance camera footage, interview witnesses, comb through electronic records, and do anything else it takes to prove that you did not kill the victim.

Negotiate with the Prosecution

Homicide cases are rarely decided by long, intense jury trials. Instead, the outcomes of these cases are often determined by the results of a negotiation between defense lawyers and prosecutors or deputy prosecutors. This process is known as plea bargaining.

The legal team here at Suhre & Associates, LLC has years of experience negotiating with Indiana prosecutors. We understand how to convince them to improve the terms of their deals. When we are on your side, you can be confident that we will negotiate hard on your behalf.

Represent You in Court

Should the prosecution team be unwilling to offer a fair plea bargain agreement, your case will almost certainly end up going to court. There, the prosecutors will present their evidence to the judge and jury in an attempt to convince them to find you guilty. If you wish to improve your chances of persuading them that you are not guilty, you will need the assistance of an experienced trial lawyer.

Having represented clients in front of judges and juries throughout Indiana, our lawyers understand how to craft a persuasive argument. Though we cannot guarantee a specific result, we can promise that you will receive a fair hearing in court when you hire us.

If you would like to have a Suhre & Associates, LLC criminal defense attorney help you fight back against your charges, all you need to do is give us a call or contact us online. Once we hear from you, we will set up an initial consultation to review your case and provide you with more information about how we can assist.

Understanding Indiana’s Homicide Laws

The term “homicide” is used to describe any criminal offense in which one individual causes the death of another. The state of Indiana has several crimes on its books that fall into this category. A non-exhaustive list of homicide offenses in Indiana would include:

Murder

The crime of murder is outlined in section 35-42-1-1 of the Indiana Code. This law states that a person may be charged with murder if they:

  • Knowingly or intentionally kill another human being.
  • Kill another human being while committing or attempting to commit a felony.
  • Knowingly or intentionally kill a fetus that has attained viability.

In the state of Indiana, the murder is almost always classified as a Level 1 felony.

Voluntary Manslaughter

The crime of voluntary manslaughter is outlined in section 35-42-1-3 of the Indiana Code. This law explains that a person may be charged with voluntary manslaughter if, while acting under “sudden heat,” they:

  • Knowingly or intentionally kill another human being.
  • Knowingly or intentionally kill a fetus that has attained viability.

“Sudden heat” is considered to be a mitigating factor in Indiana homicide cases. It reduces killings which would otherwise be categorized as murder to manslaughter.

Individuals charged with and convicted of voluntary manslaughter are likely to be punished in accordance with this offense’s status as a Level 2 felony.

Involuntary Manslaughter

The crime of involuntary manslaughter is outlined in section 35-42-1-4 of the Indiana Code. This law states that an individual may be charged with involuntary manslaughter if they:

  • Kill another human being or viable fetus while committing or attempting to commit a Level 5 or Level 6 felony that poses a risk of serious bodily injury.
  • Kill another human being or viable fetus while committing or attempting to commit a Class A misdemeanor that poses a risk of serious bodily injury.
  • Kill another human being or viable fetus while committing battery.
  • Kill another human being or viable fetus while operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The state of Indiana classifies involuntary manslaughter as a Level 5 felony and punishes convicts accordingly.

Reckless Homicide

The crime of reckless homicide is outlined in section 35-42-1-5 of the Indiana Code. This law explains that a person may be charged with reckless homicide if their reckless actions result in the death of another individual.

For the purposes of this offense, “reckless actions” are generally defined as any action that the person knew (or should have known) were likely to cause harm. A brief list of some of the most common behaviors that may be classified as “reckless” would include:

  • Speeding while driving through a residential area.
  • Storing weapons or toxic substances in areas that are readily accessible to children.
  • Engaging in unprotected sex after being diagnosed with a transmittable disease such as HIV/AIDS.
  • Using illegal drugs in a public area.

In almost all situations, the crime of reckless homicide is punishable as a Level 5 felony in the state of Indiana.

Causing Suicide

The crime of causing suicide is outlined in section 35-42-1-2 of the Indiana Code. This law states that an individual may be charged with causing suicide if they cause another person to commit suicide by:

  • Force
  • Duress, or
  • Deception.

Under Indiana law, causing suicide is punishable as a Level 3 felony.

The experienced Indianapolis criminal defense lawyers at Suhre & Associates, LLC are intimately familiar with Indiana’s homicide laws. If you have been charged with any of the offenses outlined above, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We may be able to help.

Punishments for Homicide Convictions in Indiana

The state of Indiana punishes violent crimes such as murder and manslaughter extremely severely. A small sampling of the penalties that are regularly handed down for these offenses would include:

  • Imprisonment
  • Fines
  • Driver’s license suspensions
  • Probation, and
  • House arrest.

In particularly serious murder cases, the state of Indiana may also choose to sentence an offender to death. This sentence is most often handed down in the following situations:

  • The offender was previously convicted of murder.
  • The offender was in police custody or on parole when the murder happened.
  • The offender was convicted of kidnapping the murder victim or committing sex crimes against them.
  • The murder occurred while the offender was committing another felony.
  • The murder victim was a judge, fireman, or law enforcement officer.
  • The murder victim was under the age of 12.
  • The murder victim was pregnant and the fetus was also killed.
  • The murder victim was a witness against the offender.

If you have been charged with homicide and would like to improve your chances of avoiding the punishments outlined above, you will need the assistance of an experienced lawyer. Fortunately, you can find plenty of those right here at Suhre & Associates, LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Indianapolis Homicide Lawyers Today

When Indianans need an attorney to help them fight back against their criminal charges, they come to Suhre & Associates, LLC. We represent clients who are dealing with drug charges, homicide charges, and everything in between – and we have achieved some outstanding results over the years. To set up an initial consultation with a member of our team, just give us a call at a time that is convenient for you.