Murder charges are categorized as either first degree murder or second degree murder. First degree murder charges involve premeditated or malice aforethought, whereas second degree murder does not involve premeditation, although the murderer did intend to kill. The prosecution must prove that there was intent to kill, reckless disregard for human life, and in the case of first degree murder, that the person on trial planned to kill the victim.
Proving clear planning and deliberation to kill can be very difficult to prove with hard evidence. Ogden murder criminal defense attorney Zachary C. Holbrook, P.C. carefully reviews your case to reduce charges or get a verdict of “not guilty.” He will walk you through every step of your murder case, from the moment of arrest through the end of your trial. He also works with clients who choose to appeal the verdict of their murder trial.