A person commits murder when he or she kills another individual without lawful justification. There are different degrees of murder, but first-degree murder occurs when the act that causes the death was intended, or the act has a strong probability of death.

Second-degree murder occurs when the person committing murder is under a sudden and intense passion resulting from serious provocation. Self-defense, among other defenses, also applies to murder cases.

First-degree murder is a Class X Felony and an extended amount jail time as a real possibility. It is extremely important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as your learn you are being investigated for a murder charge.

An experienced attorney can identify any constitutional rights that were violated during the arrest and help build a defense that can beat your charge outright at trial.

A Chicago Murder Defense Attorney from Komar Law, Peter Komar is an experienced Criminal Lawyer in Chicago who can help his clients with self-defense cases, attempted murder and criminal defense. Call our Illinois Criminal Defense Lawyers at (312)-671-5555 for a free consultation.