Attempt to Commit Murder Charge: Things to Know

By Kirk Anderson on December 21, 2016

When you have been accused of attempting to commit murder, this means you have allegedly tried to take someone’s life, but failed to do so. This is a serious crime that has very serious consequences in regard to the criminal justice system.

Action and Intent

Two of the most important factors involved in an attempt to commit murder charge revolves around action and intent. Action refers to the actual process a person went through to attempt to commit murder. This could be anything from breaking into a home, stalking or even soliciting someone to commit murder for them. In order to be convicted of this crime, prosecutors must prove that an action of some sort took place.

Intent is also a crucial factor when it comes to this crime. In order to be convicted, prosecutors must prove that there was either an intent to act or an intent to kill. In other words, you must have intended to carry out the crime.

Penalties

If convicted, the penalty you will face will depend on the degree of the crime. For example, those convicted of first-degree attempted murder will often face a life sentence, but those with a second-degree conviction may only serve 10 to 15 years.

If you have been charged with attempted murder, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will be able to review the circumstances and the evidence in your case and determine the best defense to take. If you find yourself in this situation, contact us to begin learning how we can defend your case.