Virginia Beach Murder Attorney
Let Our Virginia Beach Criminal Attorney Protect Your Rights and Freedom
Murder, also known as homicide, is considered the most serious crime of all. Law enforcement and the prosecution will do whatever it takes to put you behind bars for the rest of your life or worst. The negative attention you’ll receive by the media and public can be quite a burden to overcome. All hope may seem lost even before the trial begins.
If you have been accused of murder in Virginia, our Virginia Beach criminal attorney can provide you with the relentless and personalized defense strategy you need. We are dedicated to keep you well-informed throughout every step of the process.
For any answers to your questions or concerns, reach out to our firm by calling (757) 517-2942 today.
Types of Murder
In Virginia, there are three classes of murder: capital murder, first-degree murder, and second-degree murder. As the most serious crime you can commit, capital murder is defined as the deliberate, willful, and premeditated killing of another person. This type of murder is punishable by the death penalty. However, if the defendant is under 18 years of age, then they could be sentenced to life imprisonment and pay a fine of up to $100,000.
In order for a murder to be considered as “capital,” any one of these specific circumstances must be met:
- Murder of a law enforcement officer or firefighter on duty
- Murder for hire
- Murder of a child younger than 14 years old (if the defendant is 21 years or older)
- Multiple murders
- Murder derived from a drug distribution crime
- Murder by a prisoner
- Murder a woman with the knowledge that she’s pregnant
- Murder a witness to prevent him or her from testifying in a criminal case
- Murder a judge to prevent him or her from performing their duty
First-degree murder is similar to capital murder, in regards to the willful, deliberate and premeditated motive behind the crime. It is considered a Class 2 felony, punishable by a prison sentence between 20 years and life, including a fine of up to $100,000.
In order for a murder to be considered as “first-degree,” any one of these specific circumstances must be met:
- Murder another person by poison
- Murder another person lying in wait
- Murder another person by imprisoning him or her
- Murder another person by starving them
Murder another person during the commission or attempt of a particular felony
- Such as arson, rape, forcible sodomy, inanimate or animate object sexual penetration, burglary, robbery, or abduction
The least serious murder charge is second-degree murder, since it typically occurs during the heat of a moment without premeditation or planning, but with malice aforethought. A conviction for second-degree murder is punishable by a prison sentence between five to 40 years and a fine of up to $100,000.
20+ Years of Legal Experience On Your Side
At the Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, we understand how hopeless it may seem to be charged with a violent crime of this magnitude. However, due to our combined legal experience of over 20 years, our Virginia Beach criminal attorney possesses an in-depth knowledge of the state laws and court processes to help you navigate through the complexities of your case. Do not hesitate to get the legal assistance you need to get your charges reduced, or even have your case entirely thrown out.
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Brandishing Firearm and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon Violent Crimes
Our client, a passenger in a vehicle was stopped incident to an alleged brandishing event. The vehicle pulled into a parking lot and all occupants fled on foot and multiple firearms were found. Our client later turned himself in. The charge was dismissed due to the inability to prove constructive possession.
Assault and Battery Violent Crimes
Our client was alleged to have been involved in a fight in a shopping center parking lot and each party took out charges against each other. Based upon inconsistencies in testimony and the direct evidence presented by our client, the Court dismissed our client’s charge and found the opposing party guilty.
Case Dismissed Concealed Weapon
Our client was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. We were able to successfully negotiate a plea deal where the Court took the matter under advisement and dismissed the charges after twelve months based upon the client's good behavior and completion of community service.
Case Dismissed - Time Served Assault of an Officer
Our client was charged with two counts of an assault of an officer, breaking and entering with the intent to commit an assault, resisting arrest, possession of a concealed weapon, and assault and battery.
Case Dismissed Assault of a Juvenile
Our client, who runs a daycare, was charged with the assault and battery of a minor child left in her care. Upon cross-examination of witnesses, the court came to the conclusion that the injury could not have been the product of an assault as alleged and the case was dismissed.
Case Dismissed Assault of a Police Officer
Our client was charged with assaulting a police officer after he allegedly elbowed the officer in the throat while trying to break up a fight. We proved that the officer's version of events was inconsistent and not credible. The case dismissed.
Case Dismissed Carrying a Concealed Weapon in an Airport
Our client was charged with carrying a concealed weapon in an airport after security testified that they found a four-inch switchblade in our client's bag. The court granted our motion to strike and dismissed the charge on the grounds that the knife did not properly fit in the list of weapons prohibited in the charging statute.
Case Dismissed Assault & Battery of a Family Member
Our client was charged with two counts of assault and battery of a family member. We were able to elicit that the stories were inherently incredible and show that they had motive to lie. Both counts were dismissed.
Case Dismissed Extortion by Threat
Our client was charged with extortion by threat. The complainant was indicating that the Defendant falsely accused him, the owner of a tanning salon, with peeping into her tanning bed. The parties signed an accord and satisfaction and the charge against both my client and the complainant were nolle prossed.
Case Dismissed Bomb Threats
Our client was charged with making a bomb threat. We proved that although they were able to track the call to our client they were not going to be able to say with any certainty whether it was our client on the other line. The case was dismissed.