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Murder is one of the most serious criminal charges in North Carolina. Depending on the circumstances, a person charged with first-degree murder can face either life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

Because of the seriousness associated with murder cases, few North Carolina criminal defense attorneys handle any in their career. Before you hire an attorney, make sure your case is not the lawyer’s first murder case. When your future is on the line, you need experience. With over a decade handling homicide cases in North Carolina, the criminal attorneys at Randall & Stump, Criminal Defense Attorneys, can help.

Call (980) 237-4579 right now to get legal advice during a free initial consultation with an experienced and board-certified criminal defense attorney from Randall & Stump, Criminal Defense Attorneys. The defense strategy we use on your behalf is always going to depend on the particular circumstances of your case. What doesn’t change is the amount of work and effort we put into your case and our attention to detail that uncovers defenses what others might miss. Contact us today to schedule a free case consultation.

Felony Murder To Unintentional Overdose

There are generally two types of homicide charges:

  • First-degree murder — A person can be charged with first-degree murder under several theories, including poison, lying in wait, imprisonment, starving, torture or any other kind of willful, deliberate and premeditated killing. You can also be charged under a theory called “felony murder,” which is a killing committed in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of arson, rape or another sex offense, robbery, kidnapping, burglary or any other felony.
  • Second-degree murder — This is committed without premeditation or deliberation. It can also be the result of an inherently dangerous act or omission, done in such a reckless and wanton manner as to manifest a mind utterly without regard for human life.

A person could also be charged with second-degree murder if the victim’s death was caused by the unlawful distribution of opium or any synthetic or natural salt, compound, derivative or preparation of opium, cocaine or methamphetamine, and its ingestion caused the death.