Third Degree Murder Case

Murder in the third degree is when someone kills someone else, but it wasn’t planned, or was committed while the person was carrying out another felony crime.

Murder is among the most serious crimes to be committed in Pittsburgh, as it is in all of Pennsylvania. Your consequences, should you be found guilty, could include being sentenced to prison for a very long time, possibly the rest of your life. If you are charged with this crime, you will require a criminal defense attorney to stand beside you and defend you, one who has a lot of experience and compassion, and one who will devise a compelling defense for you.

Facts About Third Degree Murder

Third-degree murder is defined as killing someone unintentionally and not done as part of the commitment of another felony. Another term for murder is “homicide.”

Third-degree murders are those committed with ill will, or, in other words, with malice.

If you sell or give someone illegal drugs or counterfeit illegal drugs, and that person dies because they used them, you can be charged with third-degree murder.

If convicted of murder in the third degree, you could receive a prison sentence of up to 40 years.

What Do I Do If I Am Charged?

The first and possibly most important thing is to not make the cop who arrests you angry, if you can help it.

More than likely, you will spend the night in jail. At this point, do not say anything to any police officer or detective, not even to proclaim your innocence.

  • Do not talk to anyone without your lawyer sitting beside you. Everything you say can be twisted and used against you in court.

If the cops ask you questions, inform them that you want an attorney. Refuse to answer their questions, but do so politely.

How Your Lawyer Can Help

The lawyer that you hire will go over every part of your case with you. He or she will decide if there is evidence to match every charge against you.

  • Your attorney will do his or her best to bring into dispute any piece of evidence that does not favor your case.
  • The things your attorney can do for you is dependent upon the facts of the case.

Your attorney will examine every option open to you to find the best way to help you. It is vital that you tell him or her everything. Do not withhold any information.

A Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

Prosecutors in murder cases are determined to win from the very first hearing. You will need a lawyer experienced in defending murder cases. One who will be by your side at every turn, who will work diligently to discredit the evidence against you, and who will help you decide how best to proceed. An attorney from Sean Logue Law will have the experience, compassion, and dedication you need. Call us today at 1-844-PITT-DUI or 412-389-0805.

Want to Learn More About Third Degree Murder in Pennsylvania?

The definition and a description of third-degree murder can be found in the Pennsylvania Criminal Code under Title 18, Chapter 25.