What Are The Potential Outcomes Of My Capital Murder Case?

If you are facing murder charges, it is good to know what you are up against.

There are several different potential outcomes of a capital murder case. In the best-case scenarios:

  • The case would go to trial, and the jury would find you not guilty of all charges.
  • The judge could dismiss the case due to the prosecution's failure to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • The jury could return a guilty verdict on a lesser charge, instead of on the capital murder charge.

Can Anything Be Done If The Verdict Is Guilty?

The jury could also find you guilty of the capital murder charge. If a guilty verdict is returned in a first-degree murder case and the prosecution requests the death penalty, there will be a separate phase of trial in which both the prosecutor and the defense will argue and present evidence in support of or against the death penalty. Your capital murder defense attorney will have the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses to convince a jury to impose a prison sentence instead of the death sentence.

If a guilty verdict is returned, you will have the opportunity to appeal the decision. An experienced trial attorney will set the legal stage for any appeal during trial.

What About Plea Agreements?

Many cases are often resolved prior to trial by a plea agreement in which the charges are reduced or a term of imprisonment is recommended by the prosecution instead of the death penalty.

An experienced capital murder defense attorney, such as those at Brunvand Wise, P.A., will develop a reasoned and innovative strategy to set each case up for the most positive disposition possible. Each step will be communicated with the client so that lawyer and client can work as a team in the defense of the charges.

Strong Capital Murder Defense In Tampa

When you are facing murder charges, turn to Brunvand Wise, P.A. We can help you understand everything you will be facing while we build the strongest available defense for you. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 727-446-7505 or contact us online.