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Richard Lougee

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Murder and Violent Crimes

Hopefully no one will need to retain a lawyer because of these crimes. But if you do consider the following:

  1. Most people do not plan to commit these crimes. When they occur it is often the result of drug and alcohol abuse.
  2. Almost always there is an arrest. Bail may or may not be initially granted.
  3. These crimes usually carry severe mandatory prison sentences.
  4. Often the police investigation is cursory and not directed to preserving evidence useful for a defense. For this reason an investigator, under the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney, should be retained.
  5. In the age of DNA evidence it is important to obtain DNA samples that may exonerate the accused.
  6. In the case of murder, it is often important to require the preservation of the body of the victim for a defense autopsy. This must be done promptly. This is especially important in the case of dead children. Doctors often leap to conclusions as to the cause of death that are incorrect.
  7. As in almost all situations it is important NOT TO TALK TO THE POLICE. The police want to talk to the accused to get information to convict him or her, not to help the accused.
  8. You can't lie to the police but you have a constitutional right not to talk to the police.
  9. These are cases that require a lot of trial experience to defend properly. The stakes are high. There is no room for mistakes.
  10. When retaining a lawyer for yourself or a friend or loved one check the lawyer's experience thoroughly. It is best to meet personally with the lawyer. Determine whether you feel comfortable taking this lawyer's advice. After all that is what you are paying for.
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