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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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Case Results

A Track Record of Success
  • Obtaining a Protective Order – Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Domestic Violence

    Our client was seeking a protective order against her husband to obtain exclusive use and possession of the home and to require him to have no future hostile contact with her.

  • Underage Possession of Alcohol – Norfolk General District Court DUI

    Our client was alleged to have illegally possessed alcohol in the city of Norfolk.

  • Pre Litigation Defense – Rape - Virginia Beach General District Court Sex Crimes

    Our client was the respondent of a protective order wherein the petitioner alleged that she was raped.

  • Protective Order - Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Family Law

    Our client's estranged wife had filed a protective order to prohibit him from having contact with her to gain exclusive use and possession of the home and an upper hand in their divorce proceedings.

  • Bond Hearing – DUI 4th Offense - Virginia Beach Circuit Court DUI

    Our client was charged fourth offense driving under the influence.

  • Violation of Protective Order – Chesapeake Circuit Court - Appeal Domestic Violence

    Our client was under a protective order to have no hostile contact with his family.

  • Breaking and Entering with Intent to Commit Misdemeanor – Felony – Virginia Beach General District Court Felony Defense

    Our client was charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor, but the Commonwealth agreed to dismiss the charge at the preliminary hearing stage against our client who suffered severe and debilitating mental illness.

  • Felony Third Offense Petty Larceny Virginia Beach General District Felony Defense

    We were successful in negotiating a reduction from a felony third offense petty larceny charge.

  • Appeal Possession of Marijuana - Chesapeake Circuit Court Drug Crimes

    Our client plead not guilty to a second offense possession of marijuana charge.

  • DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving – Isle of Wight General District Court DUI

    Our client was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after officers arrived on a call for service in a church parking lot.

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