Indianapolis Homicide Attorneys

25 years of Combined Experience to Combat Homicide Charges in North and Southwest Indianapolis

Homicide is a serious crime to be accused of, and the penalties upon conviction can last a lifetime. As a result, it is critical that you enlist aggressive and experienced defense lawyers to fight your charges. The attorneys at Gemma & Karimi, LLP are hardworking advocates who will work one-on-one with you every step of the way in your defense. They bring former prosecution and private defense experience, and they will provide aggressive representation to achieve your goals in your case. Whether the best strategy is to argue for reduced charges or a complete dismissal of your case, you can trust that the firm will handle your defense with experienced and dedicated skill.

Schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options in detail. Contact Gemma & Karimi, LLP online.

Indiana’s Homicide Laws

In Indiana, homicide refers to killings in the context of murder and manslaughter. A person commits murder if they:

  • intentionally kill another human being;
  • kill another person while committing or attempting to commit a felony like arson, burglary, child molesting, consumer product tampering, kidnapping, rape, robbery, human or sex trafficking, carjacking, or drug dealing ("felony murder"); or
  • intentionally kill a fetus that has attained viability.

Manslaughter is slightly different and is a killing that occurs in the “heat of passion” (voluntary manslaughter) or on accident (involuntary manslaughter).

Penalties Upon Conviction

The penalties for murder depend on the severity of the crime and the defendant’s criminal history. Murder can be punished by the following:

  • death penalty;
  • life imprisonment without the possibility of parole;
  • 45-65 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

If the defendant is 16 or 17 years old at the time of the crime, they cannot be sentenced to death and will likely receive life imprisonment without parole.

Note that the presence of aggravating or mitigating factors can impact the judge’s decision to issue a sentence in the more severe range or less severe range. More specifically, the prosecutor will need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that one of the following aggravating circumstances existed in order to call for a death sentence:

  • the defendant killed another person while committing or attempting a felony or criminal gang activity;
  • the defendant killed by intentionally detonating an explosive;
  • the murder involved lying in wait;
  • the defendant murdered for money or hired someone to kill;
  • the defendant was previously convicted of or committed murder;
  • the defendant was under the custody of the Department of Corrections or county sheriff, on felony probation, or on parole when the murder was committed;
  • the murder involved burning, mutilating, or torturing the alleged victim while alive or dismembering the victim;
  • the defendant intentionally fired a gun into a home or vehicle;
  • the alleged victim was a corrections or probation officer, police officer, judge, or fireman who was killed while on duty;
  • the alleged victim was a child under 12 years old;
  • the murder involved battery, kidnapping, criminal confinement, or a sex crime by the defendant;
  • the alleged victim was a witness against the defendant who was murdered to prevent the testimony;
  • the alleged victim was pregnant and the murder killed the fetus.
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Let Gemma & Karimi, LLP Defend You

If you have been charged with homicide, do not hesitate to consult an experienced defense attorney immediately to strategize your legal options. The homicide defense attorneys at Gemma & Karimi, LLP can take a look athe facts of your case and help you determine the best course of action to combat your charges. A thorough investigation can make a critic tal impact on the success of your case. Jurors tend to put substantial faith in the reliability and conclusiveness of science, so forensic evidence is one of the most powerful tools in a homicide case. 

When it can bolster their client’s case, Gemma & Karimi, LLP conducts meticulous reviews of evidence such as:

  • Autopsy records
  • Blood splatter
  • Gunpowder analyses
  • Firearm tests
  • DNA reports
  • Other hard scientific documents

The firm can match the state’s experts with highly educated, knowledgeable forensic scientists. Likewise, they understand how witnesses can engage in deception or commit honest mistakes, so the firm can also skillfully attack false and unsupported statements.

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