When someone is charged with murder or manslaughter in Iowa, the stakes are about as high as they can get. A conviction can result in decades or even life in prison. Anyone charged with any form of homicide needs to put forward the most skilled and aggressive defense they can.
For police and prosecutors, homicide cases are their highest priority. They will investigate and prepare their case thoroughly. The defendant facing charges must do the same if the person wants to preserve the individual's freedom.
A prosecutor's case that looks airtight at first blush can crumble once subjected to scrutiny. It may be based on a mistaken eyewitness identification. It may be based on a confession that was extracted in violation of the constitutional rights of the accused. It may rely on evidence seized in an illegal search of the defendant's vehicle, home or person. The defendant may have been acting in self-defense. The defendant may have been nowhere near the scene when the crime occurred.
The defendant's state of mind is often a critical issue in a homicide case. Whether the alleged crime was committed with intent, premeditation, mere recklessness or was the result of a tragic accident, will determine the charge and in turn the sentence. If the defense can rebut the prosecution's allegations of mental culpability, the charges may be reduced or even dismissed.
At the law offices of J. Dean Keegan & Thomas D.S. Farnsworth, Attorneys at Law, we will not be outworked by the prosecution. We work tirelessly to defend our clients facing manslaughter and murder charges. We put in long hours reviewing and re-reviewing the facts, interviewing witnesses and examining physical evidence. We research every realistic avenue of defense in order to create the best possible strategy for our client.