Broomfield Murder & Manslaughter Lawyers

Exceptional Counsel When You Are Accused of Murder or Manslaughter in CO

Homicide is the most serious criminal offense under Colorado law. Whether an alleged homicide results in manslaughter or murder charges, your freedom and future can hang in the balance when you are the accused individual—and you will likely be facing the fight of your life in the upcoming case.

To make sure you have a strategic, strong defense against murder and manslaughter charges in Colorado, you need an experienced attorney. You need a 5-star Broomfield murder and manslaughter lawyer The Datz Law Firm, P.C.

Call (720) 879-1114 or email us for important answers about your rights and defense options.

Our Broomfield criminal defense lawyers are ready to help you get through this challenging time, protecting your rights and providing strategic, effective defense representation every step of the way. Our goal is to seek the best possible outcomes so you can move on to a bright future.

How Does Colorado Law Define Murder versus Manslaughter?

Colorado law distinguishes between murder and manslaughter based on whether the act was deliberate, premeditated, or accidental. Specifically, under Colorado law:

  • Murder is the criminal act of deliberately and maliciously killing another person. Murder charges can also be filed when an act of perjury causes someone else to be convicted and then killed, when controlled substances are sold to minors (who then have a fatal overdose), and in other situations.
  • Manslaughter is the criminal act of killing another individual through an accidental and/or reckless action. These charges can cover assisted suicide, vehicular manslaughter, and more.

What Are the Penalties for Murder & Manslaughter in Colorado?

A murder or manslaughter conviction in Colorado can result in the following penalties, depending on the charges involved.

Charge Classification Jail or Prison Time Example
First-Degree Murder Class 1 felony Life in prison or the death penalty Killing a child under 12 (when the accused holds a position of trust), killing a law enforcement officer
Second-Degree Murder Class 2 felony Up to 48 years Killing after provocation & a cool-down period from the excitement
Second-Degree Murder/Voluntary Manslaughter Class 3 felony Up to 24 years Killing involving heat of passion or provocation
Involuntary Manslaughter Class 4 felony Up to 6 years Assisting a suicide or causing an accidental death due to reckless actions

How Do I Defend Myself Against Murder & Manslaughter Charges in Colorado?

Contact a Broomfield criminal defense lawyer at The Datz Law Firm, P.C. We can investigate your case, analyze the evidence, and help you pursue your best options for fighting the charges.

Call (720) 879-1114 or email us for important answers about your rights and legal options.

Depending on the specifics of your case, it may be possible to mount an effective manslaughter or murder defense with arguments like (but not limited to) the following:

  • There is insufficient evidence to prove murder, manslaughter, and/or that the accused committed the offense.
  • The accused has been wrongly identified as the perpetrator.
  • The act was done in self defense.

In the face of murder and manslaughter charges, don’t forget that you are innocent until proven guilty and that there can be multiple defense options. With our team your corner, you can be confident that you’ll have a strategic, effective defense throughout your case.

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