Second-Degree Murder

Massachusetts Second-Degree Murder

Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. is a Boston criminal attorney who has successfully defended those accused of murder for decades. There are different kinds of murder, and our Massachusetts statute defines second-degree murder as any murder that isn’t first-degree murder. While this may seem very unclear, we derive our murder definitions from what is known as the “common law,” which is basically another word for decisional case law.

Second-degree murder can mean an unlawful killing that was committed with malice aforethought but without deliberate premeditation. Many might think of “malice” as involving ill will or bad feelings, but this is not necessarily what the law contemplates. The legal definition of “malice” only requires an intent to injure without any excuse or justification recognized in the legal system. When a defendant is facing a first-degree murder charge and there is evidence that a defendant was drunk or mentally ill, the jury can consider that in determining whether he or she was so drunk or mentally ill that it negated deliberate premeditation. A jury can also consider a defendant’s mental condition, where it isn’t enough to provide a full defense, when determining whether his or her actions rose to the level of extreme atrocity or cruelty.

Second-degree murder can also involve circumstances where a death occurs during the commission of a felony that isn’t punishable by life imprisonment or death. Here in Massachusetts, felonies are crimes that can be punished by imprisonment in state prison, and they usually carry penalties of more than 2 ½ years.

Boston Murder Defense Lawyer

There is perhaps no one who is more experienced than Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. in the area of Massachusetts murder defense. Much of his practice involves defending persons accused of murder in Boston and all over the state. Attorney Wheeler consistently achieves excellent results in murder cases and has won several murder acquittals. He has also been successful in murder appeals and other forms of post-conviction relief. Robert Wheeler knows exactly how to handle these kinds of cases from start to finish, and he fights aggressively on behalf of his clients. He believes that the government should be put to the ultimate test in proving its case, and he does not back down to any challenge. If you or someone you know is facing a Massachusetts murder charge, call Attorney Wheeler.

Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. (617) 973 5858

The Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. can be reached at (617) 973 5858 (24 hours a day and 7 days a week). If you have been charged with or think that you are under investigation for murder, speak with Robert Wheeler today. He is the lawyer to contact when you need the best defense possible, and you certainly need such a quality defense when you are facing some of the most serious charges and penalties possible. Your choice of attorney will make or break your future and chances at freedom. Choose wisely, and call Robert J. Wheeler, Jr.