Homicide Charges

Homicide Defined

In Washington State, “homicide” is defined as: “the killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or omission of another.” RCW 9A.32.010.

Homicide-Related Charges and Potential Consequences

The charges that can stem from a homicide are:

Murder in the First Degree
Murder in the Second Degree
Homicide by Abuse
Manslaughter in the First Degree
Manslaughter in the Second Degree
Vehicular Homicide
Homicide by Watercraft
Controlled Substances Homicide

Homicide cases are uniquely complex and can lead to the most serious criminal charges one can face. If facing a homicide charge, you could be looking at a life sentence in prison and it is crucial that you find an attorney with extensive experience dealing with such cases. Many “criminal lawyers” will claim to have expertise in dealing with homicides and serious felony cases, but in all likelihood, they have never tried a homicide case to a jury.

Defenses to Homicide-Related Charges

Homicide is not always a crime, and these cases can be won in a number of different ways – for example, by asserting defenses such as:

Self Defense
Defense of Others
Justifiable Homicide
Excusable Homicide
Alibi
General Denial

A strong homicide defense requires expertise in the fields of forensics, anatomy, ballistics, toxicology, and physics. If charged with such a crime, you need an attorney with substantial experience – not just as a criminal attorney, but with experience trying homicide cases.

Puget Law Group: Washington’s Premiere Homicide Defense Team

At Puget Law Group, our homicide defense team is led by Jared Ausserer. As a prosecutor Jared served as the “Team Chief” of the Homicide Division of the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office where he successfully tried dozens of homicide cases to verdict. He later served as the “Chief Criminal Deputy,” overseeing the entire criminal division of the Prosecutor’s office. Aside from being the attorney all other deputy prosecutors answered to, it also meant Jared was the lead trial deputy, prosecuting dozens of high-profile homicide cases.

Jared is assisted by Puget Law Group attorney Casey Arbenz. Casey has over 10 years’ experience working on murder cases from the defense side of the aisle as both a trial and appellate lawyer.

Jared and Casey’s combined and vast experience trying homicide cases as both prosecutor and defense attorneys, makes PLG the most competent and experienced homicide defense team in the state of Washington. And PLG is the only defense team in Washington state with six former prosecutors.

If you find yourself or a loved one facing a homicide charge it is crucial that you secure a lawyer who will fight for you and assert any and all possible defenses. Simply hiring a “criminal lawyer” is not enough.

PUGET LAW GROUP: WASHINGTON’S PREMIERE HOMICIDE DEFENSE TEAM

At Puget Law Group, our homicide defense team is led by Jared Ausserer. As a prosecutor Jared served as the “Team Chief” of the Homicide Division of the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office where he successfully tried dozens of homicide cases to verdict. He later served as the “Chief Criminal Deputy,” overseeing the entire criminal division of the Prosecutor’s office. Aside from being the attorney all other deputy prosecutors answered to, it also meant Jared was the lead trial deputy, prosecuting dozens of high-profile homicide cases.

Jared is assisted by Puget Law Group attorney Casey Arbenz. Casey has over 10 years’ experience working on murder cases from the defense side of the aisle as both a trial and appellate lawyer.

Jared and Casey’s combined and vast experience trying homicide cases as both prosecutor and defense attorneys, makes PLG the most competent and experienced homicide defense team in the state of Washington. And PLG is the only defense team in Washington state with six former prosecutors.

If you find yourself or a loved one facing a homicide charge, Simply hiring a “criminal lawyer” is not enough. It is crucial that you retain attorneys who will not only fight for you, but are skilled and experienced in this highly specific area of law, and thus truly able to effectively assert any and all possible defenses. Jared and Casey are backed by a team of experienced defenders – Puget Law Group is the only firm in Washington State with six former prosecutors. This combined experience is one of a kind.

If you or a loved one are facing homicide related allegations, the choice is clear:
Puget Law Group attorneys Jared Ausserer and Casey Arbenz are the leaders in homicide defense.

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