Atlanta Murder Attorney

Winning Trial Representation to Defend You Against Your Charges in Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb, Gwinnett, & Forsyth Counties

Murder is one of the most complex and unforgiving criminal charges to go up against. However, an experienced murder defense lawyer can make a critical difference in the outcome of your case. Attorney Stuart M. Mones knows how to go to trial and win. Few law firms are as readily equipped to take on murder cases and prepared to win. Don’t succumb to a murder charge — reach out to Mones Law to discuss your defense options immediately.

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What Constitutes a Crime of Murder?

In Georgia, a person commits murder when they unlawfully and with malice (evil intent) take the life of another. 

There are a few specific classifications of murder addressed by GA Code § 16-5-1 (2017):

  • Malice murder: A person unlawfully takes the life of another human being with express malice (there exist external circumstances capable of proving malice) or implied malice, where “all the circumstances of the killing show an abandoned and malignant heart”
  • Felony murder: In the commission of a felony, the offender causes the death of another human being, regardless of malice
  • Murder in the second degree: In the commission of cruelty in the second degree, a person causes the death of another human being, regardless of malice

Penalties and Sentencing

Under Georgia’s murder statute, individuals convicted of murder will face one of the following penalties:

  • Death
  • Life imprisonment
  • Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole

Second degree murder is punishable by 10-30 years in prison.

Let Mones Law Defend You Against Your Allegations

An experienced defense lawyer can take a deeper look at your murder allegations and determine the most effective defense strategies to pursue on your behalf. 

Some common defenses to murder charges include:

  • Self-defense: For this defense to work, it must be proven that the force used was reasonable to resist fear, severe injury, or death and that the threat of force was imminent (that is, you cannot have been the instigator of the attack in order to claim self-defense)
  • Defense of others: Similar to the above, your act of defense using force must have been reasonable, and there should have been a rational fear that another person was going to die or incur serious bodily injury
  • Accident: Murder requires some form of intent to kill or commit violence
  • Lack of malice: Murder also involves the element of malice, so the prosecutor’s failure to prove you acted with malice (or your defense lawyer’s ability to prove the murder was an accidental event or was provoked) can acquit you of your charges

If you have been accused of murder, do not hesitate to contact an experienced and assertive defense lawyer immediately. At Mones Law , P.C., Attorney Stuart M. Mones will develop a winning strategy to put up a tough fight against the prosecution. He can take a detailed look at your situation and craft a defense for mitigated, or even completely dismissed, charges. Work with a defense lawyer who has significant experience with complex murder and felony cases.

Contact Mones Law , P.C. for a free consultation to get started today.

  • “I've used Stuart's services on several occasions and have also referred him to friends and clients. All of them were very impressed and thankful for the recommendation!” - Former Client
  • “Mr. Stuart Mones is a phenomenal attorney who will go to bat for his client with relentless effort and fervor.” - Tesh G.
  • “I have had legal issues before and have never dealt with an attorney that is as passionate and successful in fighting for me.” - Former Client
  • “I highly recommend for any criminal or civil cases that you want to overcome in your favor.” - Clay H.
  • “He was knowledgeable and kept me in the loop the entire process. I would absolutely refer Stuart to all my peers and he will be getting the call from me should I need council in the future.” - Joey

    Our Victories

    When Your Future Is at Stake, You Deserve a Lawyer Who Knows Their Way Around the Courtroom
    • All Charges Dismissed Vehicular Homicide
      Client in another state was charged with felony vehicular homicide following a fatality wreck. Case dismissed.
    • All Charges, Including Felony Murder, Dismissed Murder
      Client charged with gang shootout in a park which resulted in the tragic death of an innocent bystander. Client plead Nolo First Offender to a misdemeanor charge. All other charges including Felony Murder dismissed.
    • Not Guilty of Murder after Trial Murder
      Client was allegedly on video shooting from a moving car. After trial, client was found guilty of aggravated assault.