Massachusetts general law Chapter 265, Section 1 governs murder.  The law states as follows:



Section 1. "Murder committed with deliberately premeditated malice aforethought, or with extreme atrocity or cruelty, or in the commission or attempted commission of a crime punishable with death or imprisonment for life, is murder in the first degree. Murder which does not appear to be in the first degree is murder in the second degree..."



 The seriousness of this crime requires an expert experienced defense attorney.  At the Law Offices of Michael R. St. Louis we are equipped to help defend your murder case. We will utilize every available means at our diposal such as private detective services, witness interviews, photographic evidence, forensic analysis, alibi defenses and lack of criminal responsibility.





A conviction for first degree murder requires a life sentence without the possibliity of parol.  Second degree murder also is life imprisonment with the opportunity for parol.  Often times murder charges through negotiations can be reduced from murder I to murder II, or perhaps murder II to manslaughter.  Manslaughter carries a sentence of not more then 20 years. 




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At the Law Offices of Michael R. St. Louis, we are fully prepared to handle your murder case. As a leading Boston criminal defense law firm, we can provide you with the direction and legal counsel you need to fight your misdemeanor or felony charges. Call our Law Offices today for your initial consultation at 781-816-3950 or contact us online.

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