New York Murder Defense Lawyer

Navigating Murder Charges in New York

If you are facing charges of murder in New York, you must retain the services of an experienced murder lawyer as soon as possible. Maryam Jahedi Law Firm P.C., our New York murder lawyer, has years of experience handling murder cases. She has handled hundreds of cases and has a proven track record of successfully defending clients against murder charges. When you retain our firm's services, you will work with a highly skilled attorney who will fight tirelessly to defend you against your charges.

Are you facing charges of murder in New York? Call Maryam Jahedi Law Firm P.C. today at (646) 798-7118 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our murder defense attorney in New York! 

What Is Considered Murder in New York?

In New York, murder is the unlawful killing of another person intending to cause serious physical injury. Murder is the most serious of all crimes and is classified as a felony. If you are convicted of murder, you face the possibility of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

To convict you of murder, the prosecution must prove that you had the specific intent to kill or that you intended to cause serious physical injury that resulted in death. If you did not intend to kill, you may be charged with manslaughter instead.

What are the Penalties for Murder in New York?

In New York, a conviction for murder carries severe consequences, potentially resulting in a life sentence without the chance of parole. The specific length of imprisonment varies depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime. For cases involving premeditated murder, the sentencing ranges from 25 years to life in prison. If the murder was committed in the heat of passion, the maximum sentence could be up to 20 years of imprisonment.

It's important to note that even if you are a juvenile charged with murder, you can be tried and subjected to the same penalties as an adult. These measures reflect the gravity of the offense and aim to ensure justice and public safety in New York. 

What Are the Defenses for Murder? 

Several defenses can be used in cases involving murder, depending on the circumstances and the applicable laws in the jurisdiction. Here are some common defenses that may be used:

  • Self-defense: This defense asserts that the defendant acted to protect themselves from imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm. It requires demonstrating that using force was necessary and proportionate to the perceived threat.
  • The insanity defense: This defense argues that the defendant had a mental illness or defect at the time of the crime, preventing them from understanding the nature and consequences of their actions or distinguishing right from wrong.
  • Defense of others: Similar to self-defense, this defense asserts that the defendant used force to protect another person from immediate harm or danger.
  • Accident: This defense suggests that the killing was unintentional and resulted from an accident or mistake rather than an intentional act.
  • Intoxication: In some cases, the defense may argue that the defendant was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which impaired their ability to form the necessary intent for murder.
  • Duress or coercion: This defense asserts that the defendant was forced or coerced by another person to murder the threat of harm to themselves or someone they care about.
  • Mistaken identity: This defense claims that the defendant was not responsible for the murder and was mistakenly identified as the perpetrator.

It's important to note that the availability and success of these defenses can vary depending on the specific laws and legal principles.

Contact Maryam Jahedi Law Firm P.C. today to schedule a consultation with our murder defense lawyer in New York!


  • by: Maryam Jahedi, Esq. You've Been Arrested: Now What? (A Real Life Legal Guide)
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