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Criminal Defense For A Murder Charge

If you or someone you know is facing murder charges, contact the law firm of Carter Pilgrim today.

Murder Charges in Georgia

A crime can be considered murder when it is premeditated, with intent to kill another person, acting with depraved disregard for human life, or kills another while committing a felony. It goes without saying that a person who is accused of a murder charge is facing one of the most serious charges a person can face. That’s why you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to begin building your case.

Georgia, unlike other states, does not classify this level of crime as first-degree and second-degree. Any killing with malice or killing without provocation, in Georgia, is murder. Georgia law does, however, specify that second-degree murder is committed when, in the commission of cruelty to children in the second degree, he or she causes the death of another human being irrespective of malice.

Bond on Murder Charge

A murder case is different than most other criminal charges when it comes to bonds. The magistrate court typically has the authority to set a bond for people accused of a crime, but for a murder charge, only a superior court judge can set the bond.

As a result, an automatic bond will not be set after an arrest. If probable cause for murder is found by a magistrate court judge, a defense attorney would need to file a new motion for the bond in superior court. This can, unfortunately, take several weeks before a hearing can be made before the Superior Court, during which time the accused will remain in jail.

If probable cause is indeed found, the defense attorney would need to file for a new motion for the bond in Superior Court. An attorney can also request a consent bond through the District Attorney assigned to the case. A DA-approved consent bond order can be presented to a Superior Court Judge without having to wait on a hearing date.

Penalty for Murder in Georgia

Although the seriousness of the surrounding circumstances will determine the severity of the punishment, if an individual is convicted of murder, this crime carries a minimum sentence of life in prison that may or may not include parole, and can also result in the death penalty. A conviction of second-degree murder carries a sentence of between ten and thirty years in prison.

Penalty for Murder in Georgia

Although the seriousness of the surrounding circumstances will determine the severity of the punishment, if an individual is convicted of murder, this crime carries a minimum sentence of life in prison that may or may not include parole, and can also result in the death penalty. A conviction of second-degree murder carries a sentence of between ten and thirty years in prison.

Contact Your Criminal Defense Attorney Today

Our law firm is located in Suwanee Georgia, but we have served clients in and around Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Barrow County, Jackson County, and Dawson County. Contact us today for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

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Our Service Area

We are located in Suwanee Georgia, but we defend clients throughout Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Barrow County, Jackson County, and Dawson County.  Contact our Atlanta law firm as soon as possible to learn how we advocate for your best interests.

Carter Pilgrim
Attorneys at Law


3725 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd, Suite A-4
Suwanee, GA 30024

Phone: Call our office 770-945-2320

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