Murder is a very serious crime, and being accused of it is going to put you in a very tight spot indeed. If you have been arrested for and charged with murder, chances are that the authorities have some kind of evidence that ostensibly proves that you are guilty of the crime that you are being accused of. In such a situation you need to make sure that you take pretty much every single thing that is happening as seriously as possible. Failing to do so is going to make your life very difficult indeed in the near future.
The first thing that you are going to have to do if you have been arrested, before your give the authorities the chance to press formal charges, is to get yourself the best defense lawyer possible. One thing you must understand here is that this is going to cost a lot of money, and the extremity of this cost cannot be overestimated. If your defense lawyer analyzes the case against you and deems it to be serious enough to cause you as well as anyone else that might be involved in any way serious harm, you need to start collecting all of the money that you can get your hands on and start putting it toward your case.
There are a number of ways in which your defense lawyer can help you out in a situation such as this one. Murder, in order to be proven in a court of law, requires premeditation. You need to have planned out someone’s killing in order to be convicted of a crime as serious as murder. Hence, your last case scenario can always be to have your lawyer try and convince the jury that you did not premeditate the murder, that it happened in the heat of the moment and that you are actually a good person that did not intend to harm anyone before the actual event ended up taking place.
However, you are probably not going to want to think of this because even if the charge is brought down to manslaughter, which means killing someone without premeditation, you could still end up going to jail for a good ten to fifteen years. To bring it further down, your lawyer could try and convince the jury that the crime that committed was involuntary manslaughter, which implies that you did not intend to kill anyone, and that the killing occurred because of misadventure rather than intent.
This can help you go to jail for as little as a year. Getting you off completely is going to be a very tough sell indeed because the district attorney will only be taking you to court if they have a good amount of evidence, but bumping the charges down is really going to make life easier for you and it can make it so that the ordeal is completely over in a shorter period of time.