Ogden Murder Defense Attorney

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Murder is one of the most serious crimes a person can be charged with.  Convictions frequently lead to decades or even a lifetime of incarceration, sometimes without the possibility of parole – and in Utah, certain homicide convictions can even lead to the death sentence.  At best, you are facing the possibility of enormous fines and a long term in prison.  At worst, you could lose your right to life itself.

When you are facing homicide allegations, everything you value is on the line.  It is extremely important that you have the guidance, counsel, and dedicated support of a defense attorney with extensive experience handling the charges you are facing now.  If you have been charged with an act of murder, aggravated murder, or manslaughter, it is absolutely critical that you speak to a lawyer immediately.

For a completely free and confidential legal consultation, call Ogden murder defense attorney Darwin Overson right away at (801) 758-2287.  The prosecution is already preparing the case against you, so don’t wait until it’s too late: let’s start exploring your legal options together.

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Homicide has the potential to be treated as a capital offense in Ogden and throughout the state of Utah.  But even in cases where the death penalty is not being sought, the legal repercussions of a conviction can be extremely severe, including thousands in fines and years in prison.

Furthermore, the negative impact of these cases seldom truly ends with the formal penalties imposed by the courts.  Even after an offender completes their sentence, they remain burdened with a felony criminal record, which can continue to cause employment problems for years to come. These employment issues can in turn lead to financial difficulties, trapping the offender in a world of hardship and limited opportunities from which it can be virtually impossible to escape.

Fortunately, you don’t have to face this challenge alone.  Darwin Overson is equipped with more than 15 years of practical experience representing defendants who have been charged with murder, aggravated murder, and manslaughter in Utah.  He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, and has worked with thousands of clients over his many years practicing criminal defense.  When you need a committed and aggressive Utah attorney on your side, call Darwin Overson.

Different Types of Homicide Charges in Utah

There are seven different types of homicide charges which can apply to Ogden residents under the Utah State Legislature (76-5-201):

  1. Murder
  2. Aggravated Murder
  3. Manslaughter
  4. Child Abuse Homicide
  5. Homicide by Assault
  6. Negligent Homicide
  7. Automobile Homicide (often called vehicular homicide)

Murder: Definitions and Penalties

A person can be charged with murder in Utah when he or she causes death:

  • “Intentionally or knowingly.”
  • While intending to cause serious physical injury.
  • By “knowingly engaging in conduct which creates a grave risk of death,” while also “evidencing a depraved indifference to human life.”
  • While committing, attempting to commit, or fleeing from the commission of another crime.

A crime can also be charged as murder if the person:

  • Has aggravated murder charges which are reduced.
  • “Recklessly causes the death of a peace officer or military service member in uniform” while trying to commit assault or interfering with an arrest.

76-5-203 goes on to state, “Murder is a first degree felony.  A person who is convicted of murder shall be sentenced to imprisonment for an indeterminate term of not less than 15 years and which may be for life.”  As a first degree felony, a maximum fine of $10,000 may also be imposed.

Aggravated Murder: Definitions and Penalties

There are numerous circumstances which can elevate charges to the aggravated level.  Under 76-5-202, these circumstances include but are not limited to committing homicide:

  • While incarcerated in a jail “or other correctional institution.”
  • Which creates “great risk of death to a person other than the victim and the actor.”
  • For purposes of financial gain.
  • For purposes of “avoiding or preventing an arrest.”

Aggravated murder is a first degree felony.  Depending on whether the prosecutor files notice of intent to seek the death penalty, these charges can be further classified as either:

  1. Capital: Death penalty sought.
  2. Non-capital: No death penalty sought.  Life in prison without parole, or 25 years to life.

Manslaughter: Definitions and Penalties

Manslaughter can be charged when a person:

  • “Recklessly causes the death of another.”
  • Commits murder, but the charges are reduced.

Manslaughter is a second degree felony under 76-5-205, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

If you or someone you love has been charged with any form of criminal homicide in Ogden, Weber County, or elsewhere in Utah, call Darwin Overson right away at (801) 758-2287 to set up a free and confidential case evaluation.  You can also contact us online.