Murder falls under the category of homicide and is a complex and intense area of law. The murder charge alone can ruin a person’s reputation and relationships. Upon conviction, murder charges can result in severe punishment, including long prison sentences and, in some states, the death penalty. People facing murder charges need an expert lawyer with extensive research skills, as well as significant experience dealing with a jury.

Most states have their laws and penalties regarding a murder. Persons convicted of a capital felony may be sentenced to the death penalty in Connecticut, although only one person has been executed in the state since 1976. With the possibility of such harsh penalties, persons charged with murder must hire the very best attorney to fight for their protection.

Degrees of Murder Charges

First-degree is the most serious murder charge and carries the harshest penalties. First-degree murder is defined as a premeditated (planned in advance) act to intentionally end someone’s life. It usually involves a specific plan as to how to do so, such as poisoning or by gun. First-degree murder is a capital felony that can result in a death penalty sentence in Connecticut.

Second-degree murder applies to behavior that is beyond the person’s regular behavior or normal self-control, usually as a result of an extreme or upsetting situation. When, over the course of this behavior and situation, the person kills someone, it is called second-degree murder.

Third-degree murder is also known as involuntary manslaughter. This occurs when the negligent or irresponsible behavior of a person leads to someone else’s death. Manslaughter charges are assessed because that person chose to act in a way or make decisions such that led to the death of another party, although they did not intentionally kill anyone.


Fines and other penalties/punishments
Prison sentence
Life imprisonment with or without parole
Death penalty
The Resources to Build a Powerful Defense

If a penalty is assessed, its severity may depend on many factors. A strong criminal defense lawyer will rely on multiple defenses to build your case, which may result in a not-guilty verdict, a lesser charge or more lenient penalty. Insufficient evidence or proof, factual innocence, self-defense, and insanity are a few of the tools an experienced lawyer will use to obtain the best results for you.

You must hire a law firm with the resources to conduct an investigation into all the facts, details, and circumstances of your charges. In a murder case, there is extensive forensic evidence that must be analyzed and organized. Expert witnesses must be hired to examine the data and testify. You need to hire an attorney who can relentlessly pursue all avenues of defense to protect your rights. The law firm of Fairfield Criminal Defense Attorneys can conduct high-quality, in-depth research into the details surrounding your arrest and charges to locate information to support your defense.