Murder / Capital Offenses

Aggravated murder is the most serious offense with which a person can be charged in Ohio and if convicted, you could face a significant number years in prison. If you or a loved one has been charged with Aggravated Murder, Murder, Manslaughter, or any other offense of violence, contact us today to schedule a case consultation.

The Ohio Revised Code section that governs homicide charges is Section 2903.

Murder is any purposeful taking of another’s life or the unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Causing the death of another while attempting to commit a violent crime that is a felony can also be considered murder. Murder carries a penalty of 15 years to life in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

Aggravated murder is causing the death of another or the unlawful termination of a pregnancy with purpose and prior calculation and design. Aggravated murder carries even harsher penalties, including a prison sentence of life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) or the death penalty if the indictment includes capital specifications.

There are many defenses to murder charges that can lead to the State to dismiss the charge, or a jury to find you not guilty, such as self-defense, misidentification, or lack of intent, for example. There are also defenses, such as lack of intent to kill, which can potentially lead to the reduction of the offense from murder to a manslaughter charge.

The other homicide charges include: Voluntary Manslaughter, Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Homicide, Negligent Homicide, and Vehicular Homicide. If you or someone you know has been charged with any of these offenses, contact the attorneys at Hayes Law today to discuss your rights and options.

The attorneys at Hayes Law are entrusted with representing defendants in some of the State’s most notorious murder cases, including the Rhoden murders in Pike County, Ohio, and large-scale gang-related cases.

Contact Hayes Law today to schedule a time to discuss the case so that we may get working on your defense.