Strong Defense Against Murder Charges

Have you been charged with murder, homicide or manslaughter? If you are being investigated or have been charged with one of these crimes, do not give a statement to the police without talking to a lawyer first. You need an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer to protect your freedom and your reputation.

Know your rights. Contact the Law Office of James M. Brun, LLC, to schedule a free initial consultation regarding state or federal drug crimes. Call my Overland Park office at 913-826-6229.

Murder cases are extremely complex and involve a significant amount of evidence, including DNA, ballistics and autopsy reports. Through my work as an intern with the St. Louis Metropolitan Sex Crimes Unit, I learned how to read, understand and use these reports to my client's benefit.

Murder Charges In Kansas

The following is a list of murder and related violent crimes:

Murder in the First Degree: Pursuant to Kansas statute 21-3401, murder in the first degree is the killing of a human being committed:

  • Intentionally and with premeditation; or
  • in the commission of, attempt to commit, or flight from an inherently dangerous felony

First-degree murder carries a life sentence.

Murder in the Second Degree: Pursuant to Kansas statute 21-3402, murder in the second degree is the killing of a human being committed:

  • Intentionally; or
  • unintentionally but recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life

Voluntary Manslaughter. Pursuant to Kansas statute 21-3403, voluntary manslaughter is the intentional killing of a human being committed:

  • Upon a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion; or
  • upon an unreasonable but honest belief that circumstances existed that justified deadly force

Involuntary Manslaughter. Pursuant to Kansas statute 21-3404, involuntary manslaughter is the unintentional killing of a human being committed:

  • Recklessly;
  • during the commission of a lawful act in an unlawful manner

Capital Murder. Pursuant to Kansas statute 21-3439, capital murder is:

  • Intentional and premeditated killing of any person in the commission of a kidnapping
  • Intentional and premeditated killing of any person pursuant to a contract or agreement to kill such person
  • Intentional and premeditated killing of any person by an inmate or prisoner confined in a state correctional institution, community correctional institution or jail
  • Intentional and premeditated killing of the victim of rape, criminal sodomy or aggravated criminal sodomy
  • Intentional and premeditated killing of a law enforcement officer
  • Intentional and premeditated killing of more than one person as a part of the same act or transaction or in two or more acts or transactions connected together
  • Intentional and premeditated killing of a child under the age of 14 in the commission of kidnapping

Capital murder carries a life sentence.

Contact A Murder Defense Attorney

I work with individuals throughout the Kansas City Metro area charged with murder, manslaughter and homicide. Please call 913-826-6229 or contact my office to schedule your free initial consultation.