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If you were charged with murder, this is one fight you will not want to face alone! Your future is on the line because of the hefty penalties associated with the violent crime of murder, especially in Ohio. We draw upon 40 years of legal experience and we are committed to pursue a reduction or dismissal of your charges. Your choice of legal representation is critical.

  • 40 years trial experience
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2004 – 2016
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2004 – 2016
  • AV Rating in Martindale Hubbell (the highest rating given in this legal peer review)
  • AVVO Rating 9.5 Superb Top Attorney – Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100 Lawyers

Contact us to learn what Columbus criminal attorney Sherman can do for your case.


Understanding the Murder Charge

Whether you have been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, or manslaughter, your sentence will be severe if convicted. That is why you need to retain counsel from a proven criminal defense attorney in Columbus.

Different Types of Murder in Ohio
In Ohio, there are two types of homicides other than manslaughter: aggravated murder and murder.

What is Aggravated Murder?
Aggravated murder (also called first-degree murder) is the most serious type of homicide because it is planned and done with intent. The penalty for aggravated murder ranges from capital punishment to life imprisonment.

In order for a case to qualify for capital punishment, the murder must involve “aggravating circumstances.” Ohio law provides specific circumstances which it considers “aggravating” that includes most often:

  • Purposely killing a law enforcement officer while he or she was engaged in official duties;
  • Killing someone or unlawfully terminating their pregnancy purposely and with malice aforethought;
  • Killing a woman or unlawfully terminating her pregnancy while committing, attempting to commit or fleeing after committing kidnapping, rape, aggravated arson, arson, aggravated robbery, robbery, aggravated burglary, burglary, trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, terrorism, or escape;
  • Purposely killing a child under the age of 13 years old;
  • Purposely killing someone while in prison for another felony or while escaped from prison.

Felony Murder
This category exists for murders committed while engaging in another crime. If you commit murder in the perpetration or attempted perpetration any of the following, you will face the same penalty as aggravated murder:

  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Escape
  • Home Invasion
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Terrorism

Speak with Columbus murder defense lawyer Terry Sherman today if you or someone close to you has been accused of homicide in Ohio. With 40 years of experience, criminal defense attorney Sherman offers elite representation to clients convicted of the most serious crimes.

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