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. For a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding your murder charge, please contact the Komar Law  at 312-671-5555.