Defense Of Murder And Attempted Murder Charges

If you are accused of murder or attempted murder in South Carolina, the stakes could not be higher. The sooner you put your case into the hands of our experienced defense attorneys, the more we can do to protect your freedom and your future.

At the law firm of Aaron & Aaron in Clemson, our lawyers are here to protect your rights if you have been accused of a crime. Before you talk to police or anyone else, call us at 864-551-4370 any time of the day or night.

Understanding Murder Charges In South Carolina

There are four levels of murder and attempted murder charges in South Carolina:

  • Murder is the killing of any person with malice aforethought. The maximum penalty is death.
  • Voluntary and involuntary manslaughter is killing of a person by criminal acts or reckless disregard for safety of others. The maximum penalty for involuntary manslaughter is five years. The maximum penalty for voluntary manslaughter is 30 years.
  • Attempted murder is attempting to kill another person with malice or forethought. South Carolina recently broadened the definition of attempted murder. Now acts such as aiming a car at someone (but not intending to kill the person) may be considered attempted murder. The maximum penalty for attempted murder is 30 years.

Defenses To Murder Charges In Our State

South Carolina's Protection of Persons and Property Act or castle doctrine provides a strong defense against murder charges in many situations, both in your home and your vehicle. In some cases, you may not even have to feel threatened. Unlike self-defense, the Protection of Persons and Property Act makes you immune from prosecution.

Other defenses against murder charges include self-defense and mistaken identity (someone else committed the crime). It's important to obtain legal advice before you answer any police questions, as you may provide incriminating information to police and rule out certain defenses.

For More Information About Murder Defenses

If you have been charged with murder, attempted murder or manslaughter, call our lawyers at 864-551-4370 or complete our contact form today.