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Knoxville Murder Defense Lawyer

Campbell County Murder Defense Lawyers

Trial Attorney for Homicide Defense in Knox County and Anderson County

Homicide or murder charges are the most serious allegations in the entire realm of criminal law. If you are facing charges for taking another person’s life, you could spend the rest of your life in a state prison. In extreme cases, you could even face the death penalty. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we understand that when you are dealing with murder charges, you need more than just any defense attorney. You need an advocate who will stand up and fight on your behalf while fiercely protecting your rights. Our experienced trial lawyer is equipped to help you no matter what the charges against you may be.

Homicide Charges in Tennessee

Homicide is defined as the unlawful killing of another person, and there are many different charges that could be filed against you in relation to causing a death. Attorney William Evans is equipped to assist you in defending against charges of:

  • First-degree murder: First-degree murder is the intentional, premeditated killing of another. The state may also file first-degree murder charges for the death of another person while the perpetrator was committing a felony. A conviction on first-degree murder charges could result in the death penalty, as the offense is the only capital crime recognized by Tennessee law.
  • Second-degree murder: Second-degree murder is defined by Tennessee law as the knowing killing of another. The difference between first-degree and second-degree murder is the lack of premeditation for second-degree murder. The offense is a Class A felony that carries 15 to 60 years of incarceration.
  • Voluntary manslaughter: Voluntary manslaughter is sometimes called third-degree murder in some jurisdictions, and it refers to killing another due to provocation in the heat of a moment. Voluntary manslaughter is a Class C felony that could lead to up to 15 years in prison.
  • Vehicular homicide: If you were driving so recklessly that you caused an accident in which another was killed, you could face charges for vehicular homicide. Drag racing and drunk driving are statutorily considered to be reckless enough for such charges in the event of a fatality. A prior history of DUI or previous conviction of vehicular homicide could result in the charges being increased to aggravated vehicular homicide. The severity of the charges and the associated penalties depend on the circumstances.

It is also possible to face charges for criminally negligent homicide, which is a Class E felony and carries a prison sentence of up to six years. Reckless homicide is a Class D felony and carries a prison sentence of up to 12 years.

Building a Defense to Murder Charges in Blount County and Sevier County

At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we understand the importance of tailoring a defense to match the specific circumstances of your case. Depending on the situation, this could mean challenging evidence or witness statements or showing that you acted in self-defense. In other cases, it may be in your best interests to negotiate with prosecutors to reduce or eliminate some or all of the charges against you.

We know that the process can be confusing and overwhelming, and we will keep you fully up to date on the progress of your case and your available options. Our attorey will do everything we can to protect your rights, your future, and your family.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

If you or a family member have been charged with homicide, contact our office immediately. Do not speak to the police or answer questions without a lawyer present. Call 423-449-7980 at any time of the day or night for a free consultation. We represent clients in Knoxville, Knox County, and throughout East Tennessee.

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