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Murder and Manslaughter Defense

Serious charges demand serious expertise. Enlist the help of a trusted partner who is willing and able to fight for your best interests. Enlist the help of Wilson, Reives & Silverman.

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It’s not just a case, it’s your life.

At Wilson, Reives & Silverman, we work to achieve the most favorable outcome for your case. Our legal team includes two former Assistant District Attorneys, whose combined 25+ years of experience involves trials for DWI, robbery, kidnapping, assault, manslaughter and murder.

Our Sanford murder defense attorneys will guide you through every step of the process with competence and compassion, while doing everything possible to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.

Understanding Homicide Charges

The first step is to determine what you’re being charged with, so we can then defend you appropriately. There are several different types of murder charges in the state of North Carolina.


First-degree Murder

Someone charged with first-degree murder has allegedly committed premeditated, intentional murder.

Second-degree murder

Though this type of killing may not have been premeditated, it was not accidental.


This is the charge of unintentional or accidental killing without malice or premeditation. Manslaughter is further broken down as follows:

Voluntary manslaughter

Often referred to as a crime of passion, voluntary manslaughter is intentional but without premeditation.

Involuntary manslaughter

Involuntary manslaughter is considered unintentional or accidental and includes vehicular manslaughter.

Regardless of the charge you’re facing, the burden is on the prosecution to prove your guilt. With an effective and experienced homicide defense lawyer on your side, you’ll be in a much better position to fully investigate every aspect of the prosecution’s case. Not every homicide case goes to trial, and an experienced attorney will help you identify your options and negotiate for the best possible outcome.

With the help of an attorney, you can have an advocate for your rights when facing criminal charges. At a time that can be complex and scary, a lawyer can defend your future.

Understanding the Consequences

As the most serious charge here in the United States, murder is punishable by the harshest penalties. If convicted of killing someone, you could face one of the following:

  • Life in prison (with or without parole), or
  • The death penalty

The specific punishment will depend on a variety of factors. With so much at stake, your choice of representation is critical to the outcome. This is more than just a case – it’s your life.

The Process

When you contact Wilson, Reives & Silverman, we’ll start by working with you to learn as much as we can about why you have been charged. If you retain Wilson, Reives & Silverman to represent you, we’ll launch our own independent investigation, and our team of legal experts will carefully examine every aspect of your case. Once our investigation is complete, we will zealously defend you in and out of court. Your character and your life are possibly on the line, and we will work to ensure the outcome is the best it can be for you.

Your Life Depends On It

Whatever circumstances led you to this point, your strongest ally is experienced counsel. Our experienced Sanford murder defense attorneys are qualified to fight for you. We understand that murder or manslaughter charges are not just another case; your life and livelihood will be dramatically impacted by the outcome of the case.

From indictment through trial, we at Wilson, Reives & Silverman will guide you through the entire process and help you achieve the most favorable possible outcome.

Serious charges demand serious expertise. Enlist the help of a trusted partner. Enlist the help of Wilson, Reives & Silverman.

Call (919) 775-5653 or contact us and set up a consultation to speak with one of our experienced murder defense attorneys about your case.

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