Being accused of a serious or violent crime not only means potentially harsh penalties if the suspect is convicted but could also mean a damaged personal and professional reputation upon conviction. When a defendant faces allegations of a gun crime, they could face murder charges or attempted murder charges. These criminal allegations carry serious penalties and require a strong defense strategy to counter.
A son of a wealthy hedge fund founder in New York was recently arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the killing of his 70-year-old father. Police said that the 30-year-old man shot his father after an argument involving the son’s allowance.
Authorities were called to the Manhattan home after the man’s wife and the accused’s mother allegedly found the father’s body on the floor with a bullet wound to the head, a gun resting on his chest and his left hand covering it. Believing that the appearance of suicide was staged, authorities suspected the son and later apprehended him in his apartment. There they allegedly recovered more ammunition and a skimmer device with 21 blank credit cards.
When a defendant faces serious charges such as murder, it is important that they understand the charges they face. This will help them move forward with a defense. Authorities are required to follow specific protocols during the search and seizure process, and if they fail to comply with them, evidence could be dismissed. This could help persuade the prosecutor or judge to reduce or even drop the charges. In addition to challenging evidence, defendants could consider other defense options that could help them reduce the charges or penalties.
No matter what defense options a defendant takes, they should understand what options are available to them. Seeking advice could help the accused better understand their situation and ensure their rights and interests are protected in the defense process.
Source: The Washington Post, “Son charged with murder in hedge fund founder shooting,” Jan. 6, 2015