Murder charges are some of the most serious charges a person can ever face. If you have been accused of killing someone or formal charges have been filed, you need to exercise your right to remain silent and enlist the assistance of a skilled homicide attorney.

At the Cedar Rapids office of M. Victoria Cole Law Firm P.C., we have been handling misdemeanor and felony criminal cases since the founding of our firm more than 15 years ago. Leading our firm is attorney M. Victoria Cole. As a former prosecutor, Ms. Cole has a unique insight into how prosecutors approach murder cases. She uses this knowledge when preparing to negotiate with the opposition or take your case to trial.

Penalties For A Murder Conviction

While Iowa does not have the death penalty for state murder charges, it is important to understand the severity of the criminal homicide sentences that may be imposed if you are convicted of murder.

  • First-degree murder: If you are convicted on a first-degree murder charge, you are facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • Second-degree murder: There is a 50-year prison sentence upon conviction for second-degree murder, and you must serve the mandatory minimum of 70 percent of your sentence before eligible for parole.
  • First- or second-degree murder when the alleged offender was previously convicted of a first- or second-degree murder charge: Life in prison without parole is the required consequence upon conviction of a second or subsequent murder charge.

There are also serious punishments for first- and second-degree attempted murder charges, and lesser charges that involve a death such as manslaughter. If you are facing these types of charges, attorney Victoria Cole can help you understand what punishments may be applied if you are convicted.

Take Action Now To Protect Your Rights

Do not take chances with your future and face murder charges without an experienced Cedar Rapids and Iowa City homicide defense lawyer by your side. To learn more about your rights and options, contact us online or call our firm today at 319-261-2600.

All consultations are confidential and can be scheduled in the evening or on weekends, if needed.