Murder

When you have been accused of committing or being involved in a murder, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not the person you hired to protect you is doing his or her job.

With your time, your freedom, and possibly your life in someone else’s hands, you need to be certain that they truly care about your rights and are fighting for you.

Article 118: Murder Defined

According to Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), murder is defined as a United States military member who kills another human being without justification or lawful authority.

If you are implicated in a murder, acting immediately by contacting an experienced military defense lawyer could mean the difference between spending life in prison, or walking away acquitted of all charges.

  • Now is not the time to try your hand at a subpar attorney. The Law Office of Garrison A. Wood will form a defense team and make sure your case gets the attention it deserves. Murder trials are extremely complex and you’ll need an entire team of experienced professionals to defend you.
  • If you hire an inexperienced attorney, a plea deal will mostly likely be the outcome. On paper, taking a plea bargain might seem like a good alternative, but it often only benefits the attorneys. We don’t want you to settle unless it is to YOUR benefit. Our ultimate goal is always to protect your rights and help you walk away acquitted of all charges.
  • Even if the crime was in fact committed, without adequate representation, you may not get a chance to tell your side of the story. Garrison Wood will listen to you and make sure your needs and concerns are addressed so that we can move forward on the case together.

Under Article 118, there are four different offenses a service member can be charged with following a murder investigation, and each offense contains separate elements that must be proven. These include:

  • Premeditated murder
    1. A certain (named or described) person is dead.
    2. The death resulted due to the act or omission of the accused.
    3. The killing was unlawful.
    4. The accused had a premeditated design to kill at the time the offense took place.
  • Intent to kill or inflict great physical harm
    1. A certain (named or described) person is dead.
    2. The death resulted due to the act or omission of the accused.
    3. The killing was unlawful.
    4. The accused had the intent to kill or inflict great physical harm upon the victim.
  • Act inherently dangerous to another
    1. A certain (named or described) person is dead.
    2. The death resulted from the intentional act of the accused.
    3. The act was inherently dangerous to another and showed a blatant disregard for human life.
    4. The accused knew that death or great physical harm was a likely consequence of the act.
    5. The killing was unlawful.
  • During certain offenses
    1. A certain (named or described) person is dead.
    2. The death resulted due to the act or omission of the accused.
    3. The killing was unlawful.
    4. The accused was engaged in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of a separate crime at the time of the killing.

Punishments for Murder under Article 118

If you are accused of premeditated murder or murder during a certain other offense, the maximum punishment is death, or capital punishment. The mandatory minimum punishment includes a life sentence in prison, with the possibility of parole.

If you are accused of intent to kill or inflict great bodily harm, or accused of murder due to an action that is inherently dangerous to others, then any punishment, other than the death penalty, might be enforced.

Don’t put your freedom in the hands of just anyone. Garrison Wood will help you move past this and will fight until the end for you and your rights.

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