In many ways, homicide charges represent the pinnacle of the government’s power. They generally carry the most severe penalties available under law. Prosecutors often devote immense effort and resources to obtaining convictions. Because the average individual does not have access to an equivalent amount of resources, the playing field is far from level.

Fortunately, you can gain a powerful advantage by getting an experienced defense attorney on your side. Brian Hiatt, a homicide defense lawyer in Kankakee County, understands how to formulate an effective game plan for defending against such serious charges. He draws on insights gained through more than 20 years of practicing in criminal defense.

When facing homicide charges, you need a strong legal ally. Call Brian Hiatt at 815-304-5441 or contact him online to arrange a free consultation.

Extensive Trial Experience Handling Murder Charges

Illinois law establishes several types of homicide offenses ranging from manslaughter and reckless homicide to first-degree murder. Likewise, federal law also punishes certain types of homicides.

In any type of criminal case, diligent trial preparation is crucial. Mr. Hiatt has extensive experience in state and federal court, both at the trial and appellate levels.

Strategizing A Solid Defense

All types of homicide charges require thorough preparation to mount a strong defense. The good news is that, in virtually every case, the prosecution’s arguments and evidence have weaknesses. It requires an astute legal analysis to discover those holes and present effective counter-arguments.

Depending on the unique circumstances of the case, a variety of legal arguments and defenses may be available. Some examples of potential defenses that may be used to obtain either an acquittal or a lesser conviction include:

  • Mistaken identity
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Self-defense
  • Defense of others
  • Provocation or heat of passion
  • Not guilty by reason of insanity

Over the course of his career, Mr. Hiatt has handled numerous homicide and attempted murder cases. He understands the magnitude of what is at stake, and he will take your case as seriously as you do. Nothing is more important to him than protecting clients’ fundamental liberties.

Contact An Experienced Bourbonnais Lawyer Handling Murder Cases

Don’t delay in getting a skilled defense attorney on your side. Call the law office of Brian Hiatt toll free at 815-304-5441 to arrange a free consultation. As a solo practitioner, Mr. Hiatt is easy to get in touch with. You can reach out to him anytime with questions or concerns.