A Homicide Attorney Helps Fight for the Rights of the Accused
Besides being accused of murder, being accused of a homicide is perhaps the most serious predicament to find yourself in. If you are found guilty of homicide, you face a lifetime jail sentence and other serious repercussions for your family.
If you have been charged with this crime, homicide lawyer John Anthony Ward in Kenosha, WI, can aggressively fight on your behalf. Mr. Ward has been practicing criminal defense for over 30 years and works with various experts including famed forensic pathologist Michael Baden to provide an unrivaled defense that helps clients avoid the harshest punishments.
Homicide is Not Murder
If you are accused of a crime as serious as homicide, it is important to understand that there is a key difference between murder and homicide. While murder is always considered a crime, homicide may or may not be a crime. The determining factor is whether it is considered intentional homicide or unintentional homicide.
If you are facing homicide charges, the distinction between intentional and unintentional homicide matters greatly, and you need a dedicated lawyer who can defend you.
Mr. Ward has a working relationship with famed board-certified forensic pathologist Michael Baden.
Types of Homicide in Wisconsin
If you are charged with homicide, the consequences can be very serious. Your judgment will generally depend on the type of homicide you are charged with. The different classifications of homicide include:
- First-Degree Intentional Homicide: When someone intentionally causes the death of another human being, it is considered First-Degree Intentional Homicide under Wisconsin law. This is a Class A felony accompanied by life imprisonment.
- Second-Degree Intentional Homicide: Defined similarly to First-Degree Intentional Homicide, Second-Degree Intentional Homicide carries a penalty of up to 60 years in prison. It may be charged if the defendant and his attorney are able to present a partial defense such as adequate provocation, unnecessary defensive force, prevention of a felony, or necessity and coercion.
- Unintentional Homicide: These are homicides that can be considered unintentional, such as homicide by use of a firearm or operation of a vehicle while intoxicated.
- Felony Murder: This charge is used when the defendant caused another person's death while committing or attempting to commit a felony offense.
The classification of homicide will greatly influence the sentence and outcome of your case.
How a Homicide Lawyer Can Help
John Anthony Ward has been offering aggressive and effective representation for clients charged with homicide for over 30 years. He is also ranked one of the Top 10 Criminal Law Attorneys in Wisconsin. If you are accused of homicide, he can provide various resources, including:
- Forensic pathology: Mr. Ward has a working relationship with famed board-certified forensic pathologist Michael Baden.
- Blood spatter expertise: Mr. Ward also has access to blood spatter experts who are able to extract the finest details from homicide scenes. These details sometimes lead to new discoveries that have the potential to clear the defendant of charges.
Mr. Ward can help you build a stronger defense with the help of forensic experts to avoid the strongest punishments and potentially clear your name if you are wrongfully accused.
Hire a Dedicated Representative Today
If you or a loved one has been charged with homicide, a lifetime in jail does not have to be in your future. You have options. Mr. Ward has a great understanding of how law enforcement interprets evidence in criminal cases and can help you build a strong defense. Schedule your free consultation online or call us at (262) 654-8868 to discuss your legal options.
"Mr. Ward and his professional team proceeded tenaciously to build a strong case in my favor. His in-depth knowledge of the law resulted in my twelve year old felony becoming just a misdemeanor. Mr. Ward is the third attorney to work on my case, but the only one who achieved positive results."Emily Rogers