We Provide Aggressive Defense Against Homicide Charges

The James Law Firm, we defend clients throughout the state against homicide charges. Our attorneys are committed to defending you aggressively while keeping you and your family informed of every development in your case.

Categories Of Homicide In Arkansas

The Arkansas Code sets out a range of homicide charges, all of which carry serious penalties. Each homicide crime has different elements that the government must prove to obtain a conviction:

  • Capital murder — This is a murder when a person: (1) commits or attempts to commit one of the listed violent felonies in the statute and In the course of and in furtherance of the felony or in immediate flight from the felony, the person or an accomplice causes the death of a person under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life; (2) causes the death of any person with premeditation and deliberate purpose; or (3) discharges a firearm from a vehicle at a person, vehicle or residence that the person believes to be occupied by another person and causes the death of that person. It is punishable by execution or life in prison without the possibility of parole. If under 18 at the time of the murder, the punishment is life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving a minimum of 30 years in prison.
  • First-degree murder — This is a murder when a person: (1) commits or attempts to commit a felony and during that felony that person or an accomplice causes the death of another person; (2) purposely causes the death of another person; or (3) knowingly causes the death of another person that is fourteen or younger at the time of the murder. This crime carries a penalty of 10 to 40 years in prison or life imprisonment.
  • Second-degree murder — This is when a person knowingly causes the death of another person manifesting extreme indifference to human life or the person causes the death of another with the purpose of causing serious physical injury. A person convicted of second-degree murder faces six to 30 years in prison.
  • Manslaughter — Manslaughter carries a penalty of three to 10 years in prison. It is killing a person in one of three situations:
    • Killing another while under extreme emotional distress
    • Recklessly causing the death of another
    • The person or an accomplice negligently causing the death of another while committing or attempting to commit a felony
  • Negligent homicide A person can be guilty of negligent homicide if he or she negligently causes the death of another person; or while being intoxicated (by drugs or alcohol), the person causes the death of another person. Negligent homicide is punishable by up to one year in prison.

Homicide Defenses

James Law Firm excels at forcing the government to prove each element of a charged offense. Some of the defense strategies we employ may include:

  • Highlighting the government's lack of evidence
  • Demonstrating the inadequacy of evidence
  • Challenging illegal searches and seizures
  • Questioning forensic techniques and results
  • Submitting alternative theories of how the incident happened

Our attorneys will use these and other legal tools to establish reasonable doubt in support of your acquittal.

Defending Against Homicide Charges Since 1994

Call the James Law Firm at 501-375-0900 today or contact us online. Our office is in Little Rock, but our lawyers defend clients throughout Arkansas. We are available 24/7.