St. Paul, MN Defense Lawyer for Murder and Manslaughter Charges

If you have been arrested for murder or manslaughter in Minnesota, you are facing extremely serious charges. These charges can have the most severe sentences allowed under Minnesota law. Potential penalties include life in prison. When the circumstances are this dire, your future depends to a great degree on the quality of the lawyer you choose to represent you.

I am criminal defense attorney Justin Schiks. I have the experience and legal skill you need when you are facing murder or manslaughter charges. I aggressively defend the rights of people charged with:

  • Murder in the first degree: Killing another person with premeditation and intent, or while committing another crime. Punishable by life in prison.
  • Murder in the second degree: Includes drive-by shootings and unintentional murders. Punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
  • Murder in the third degree: Includes taking another’s life by behaving in a manner that is eminently dangerous to others and without regard for human life. Punishable by up to 25 years in prison, $40,000 in fines or both.
  • Manslaughter in the first degree: Includes killing another person in the heat of passion, among other definitions. Punishable by 15 years in prison, $30,000 in fines or both.
  • Manslaughter in the second degree: Causing the death of another through negligence by taking or creating an unreasonable risk. A hunting accident, child endangerment and letting a dangerous dog run free can all result in second degree manslaughter charges. Punishable by 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines or both.
  • Vehicular homicide: Causing the death of another while operating a vehicle in a grossly negligent manner or while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers who cause a collision and then leaving the scene of the accident can also be charged with vehicular homicide. Punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines or both.

While these charges are serious, your situation is far from hopeless. I will study the evidence against you, investigate the facts of the case and explore all possible defense strategies. Did you act in self defense? Are the prosecution’s witnesses reliable or are they motivated by their own self-interest? Is there a possibility it was someone else, not you, who was responsible for the crime? Did the police follow proper procedure in your arrest? Is there any forensic evidence linking you to the crime and, if so, how reliable is it? In short, I will leave no stone unturned in my pursuit of a positive outcome to your case.

If you are being charged with murder, manslaughter or any other violent crime, you can depend on me for straightforward legal advice and a zealous defense of your rights and your freedom. To discuss your case, please contact me by email or call 651-504-2564.

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“5 star service. Hands down the most professional, sincere, caring, and personally involved lawyer I have had on behalf of my life. I have had Justin represent me over the past few years covering things from traffic violations to a felony and have been pleased with the result every time. Not only that, I have recommended him to friends and family and they have nothing but nice things to say as well.”- Samuel