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Murder or Homicide Investigations in Chattanooga, TN

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Criminal homicide is the unlawful killing of another person. In Tennessee, there are several different homicide-related charges that an accused individual may face. These charges include first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, vehicular homicide, reckless homicide, and criminal negligent homicide.

If you or someone you know has been charged with one of these offenses, it is crucial that you act quickly to secure representation from a knowledgeable and experienced Chattanooga criminal defense lawyer.

First-Degree Murder in Tennessee

First-degree murder is defined as the "premeditated and intentional killing of another." It can also be defined as a killing committed during certain types of felonies as well as any killing committed as the result of a bomb. In the state of Tennessee, conviction of first-degree murder carries life in prison, life without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty.

At our Chattanooga defense firm, lawyers Lee Davis and Bryan Hoss have collectively been involved in more than 100 first-degree murder cases in their law careers. Few — if any — other law firms in Southeast Tennessee are able to claim this level of experience. In 2010, Lee Davis and Bryan Hoss represented a death penalty defendant charged with first-degree murder in Bradley County, Tennessee. Following a jury trial, all charges against her were dismissed.

Second-Degree Murder in Tennessee

Second-degree murder is defined as the "knowing killing of another." This can also be charged in a killing that resulted from the unlawful distribution of any Schedule I or II drug, if the drug was the proximate cause of death of the user. Second-degree murder is a Class A felony carrying a range of punishment from between 15 to 40 years in prison.

Manslaughter, Reckless Homicide, and Criminally Negligent Homicide in Tennessee

Voluntary manslaughter is defined as the "intentional or knowing killing of another in a state of passion produced by adequate provocation sufficient to lead a reasonable person to act in an irrational manner." Voluntary manslaughter is a Class C felony and carries a range of punishment from between three to 15 years in prison.

Reckless Homicide Jail Time

Reckless homicide is the "reckless killing of another." It is a Class D felony carrying between 2 to 12 years imprisonment. Criminally negligent homicide is defined as "criminally negligent conduct that results in death." Criminally negligent homicide is a Class E felony carrying between one to six years in state prison.

Contact the Proven Homicide Lawyers at Davis & Hoss, PC

At Davis & Hoss, PC, our staff includes a criminal investigator as well as multiple paralegals and law clerks. Attorneys Lee Davis and Bryan Hoss routinely utilize local universities to conduct mock trials of their biggest cases in order to explore which important questions juries might ask and to gain perspective that will be useful for their cases. No other law firm in town has these types of resources at their disposal. We offer serious representation for important cases.

If you or someone you know has been charged with homicide, contact Davis & Hoss, PC today.

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