Written by attorney Daniel P. Hilf

Attempted Murder

Attempted Murder in Michigan carries a maximum possible penalty of life in prison. According to Michigan Compiled Law 750.91 - "any person who shall attempt to commit the crime of murder by poisoning, drowning, or strangling another person, or by any means not constituting the crime of assault with intent to murder, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for life or any term of years". The Michigan Sentencing Guidelines escalate quickly for this type of an offense, and it is not uncommon for someone convicted of attempted murder to serve many, many years with the Michigan Department of Corrections before obtaining release or parole. It is recommended that you first exercise your right to remain silent and second hire a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest for Attempted Murder for the following reasons: 1. You have a better chance of receiving a reasonable bail or bond through effective legal representation; 2. The lawyer can prepare the case for preliminary examination to work for possible dismissal, lay the groundwork for possible motions, develop testimony to impeach witnesses, and develop defenses for trial. 3. If you want to fight the case at trial, the potential defenses to Attempted Murder include but are not limited to reasonable doubt, lack of intent, mistaken identity, alibi, self defense, and defense of others. You need a skilled criminal defense attorney to prepare and conduct the trial to give you the best chance of winning. 4. A skilled lawyer can file motions and/or conducting evidentiary hearings, when appropriate, in order to: gain dismissal of charges; exclude improperly obtained statements from the Defendant; suppress evidence that was illegally seized; and/or challenge the ability of the prosecutor to introduce prior act testimony at trial. The ability to control the evidence introduced at trial can greatly improve the chances of ultimately gaining acquittal. 5. If you plan to plead guilty to Attempted Murder, the experienced criminal defense lawyer can work to achieve the best result through possible plea bargains, possible Cobbs agreements, persuasive lawyering, and optimal scoring of the Michigan Sentence Guidelines. The experienced criminal defense lawyer can provide advice as to whether entering a plea of guilty to Attempted Murder or a reduced charge is in your best interest. Every case is different, and whether or not the factors in this paragraph apply depends upon the Defendant's history, the facts of the allegation, the position of Prosecutor's office, and the Judge assigned to the case. Hiring the right criminal defense lawyer may be one of the most important decisions you make for yourself and your family. There are many lawyers who claim to do more than what they are able - just as there are many surgeons in the world that are no better than butchers. Do not settle for a legal hack job. Practicing law is a skill that develops over time with experience, commitment, dedication, and God given talent. There are no amateur attorneys at Hilf & Hilf, PLC – only professionals that are guided by the humanity in the individuals we serve, and the drive not to settle for what is easy over what is right

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