Michigan Murder Charges

In Michigan, a Murderor homicide conviction carries with it the most severe penalties that the Michigan Legislature has allowed, which is life imprisonment.  As Michigan Murder Lawyers, we understand that murder cases are emotionally devastating for all involved, especially including the family of the accused.  With a Murder charge, the stakes are extremely high, if the jury comes back with a guilty verdict, you or your loved one is going to prison possibly for the rest of their life.  Because of this, you need to aggressively defend your life by fighting as hard to prove your innocence as you have ever fought for anything before.


Viewing Michigan’s First Degree Murder Statute, MCL 750.316, there are three separate ways to be found guilty of First Degree Murder.  First, murder perpetrated by means of poison, lying in wait, or any other willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing is considered First Degree Murder.  Second, murder committed in the perpetration of, or attempt to perpetrate, arson, criminal sexual conduct in the first, second, or third degree, child abuse in the first degree, a major controlled substance offense, robbery, carjacking, breaking and entering of a dwelling, home invasion in the first or second degree, larceny of any kind, extortion, kidnapping, certain types of vulnerable adult abuse, torture, or aggravated stalking.  This type of First Degree Murder is better known as Felony Murder.  Third, a murder of a peace officer or a corrections officer committed while the peace officer or corrections officer is lawfully engaged in the performance of any of his or her duties as a peace officer or corrections officer, knowing that the peace officer or corrections officer is a peace officer or corrections officer engaged in the performance of his or her duty as a peace officer or corrections officer.

First Degree Murder carries with it a mandatory life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.  There is no other charge in Michigan where the stakes are so high.  One wrong move with the defense and your life is gone.  You need to file cutting edge motions, hire the most experienced expert witnesses, and have a solid defensive strategy in place if you want to have any chance of winning your first degree murder case.


Per MCL 750.317, the Michigan Second Degree Murder statute, a conviction for second degree murder can result in a conviction of up to life in prison.  The second degree murder statute is broad and encompasses many different situations.  In addition to the normal murder situations, we have seen an increase in prosecutors charging second degree murder for crimes such as drunk driving causing death.  As with first degree murder, the second degree murder will result in a major prison term up to life.  You must fight your second degree murder charge if you want to have any chance of saving your life.

If you or a loved one is charged with first or second degree murder or homicide in Michigan, expect to have the entire Amberg & Amberg team fighting for you.  With innovative motions and defenses, the courage to stand up to tough prosecutors, and the belief in your innocence, we will fight with you to the end.  If you or a family member needs our help, call or email us today.