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Murder Charges

Philadelphia Murder Attorney

Because you deserve fierce legal representation when your future is in jeopardy

Being considered a suspect in a murder investigation is nothing to take lightly. A police officer with a hunch about your guilt can cost you your life, regardless of how innocent you are. You need to be proactive in your defense when facing a murder charge. Any poor choice of words or mistake in recounting a story could become the key piece of evidence used against you at trial. At van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, our Philadelphia murder attorneys protect your interests from the start of any investigation. The police can and will use anything they can against you—we do not give them anything that can be misconstrued against you.

Understanding your rights from the outset of a murder investigation

There are two main reasons why innocent people are convicted of murder. The police often become more concerned with closing the case than finding the right person, and prosecutors are more concerned with winning a murder trial than they are with making sure that justice is served. These two factors lead to too many people going to prison for a murder they did not commit.

Police are not your friends when it comes to a murder investigation. They do not care about you—they care about closing cases. They are trained to trick you and manipulate you psychologically. You have the right to have an attorney by your side anytime you speak with the police. Having an attorney by your side cannot be used against you as a sign of guilt. You need an experienced Philadelphia murder defense attorney by your side to ensure that you do not do or say anything to put your life and liberty in jeopardy. We anticipate questions that aim to trip you up, and work to keep you from getting charged with a crime.

Murder classifications

The evidence that detectives collect in a murder investigation determines the level of charge that may be brought against you. The severity between potential charges escalates quickly. By retaining our tenacious Philadelphia murder defense attorneys at the outset of an issue, you are in the best position possible to minimize the potential maximum penalties. The different types of murder charges in Pennsylvania include:

  • First-degree murder
  • Second-degree murder
  • Felony murder (when a murder occurs during the commission of a felony)
  • Third-degree murder
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Involuntary manslaughter
  • Drug delivery resulting in death

Schedule a free initial consultation with our hard-hitting Philadelphia murder defense attorneys today

The last thing you want to do is say something that wrongly puts you in prison for a murder. Make sure you have an attorney by your side to protect you from the possibility of a wrongful conviction. At van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin in Philadelphia, our Philadelphia murder defense attorneys aggressively protect your liberties. We have a notable reputation as being Philadelphia’s toughest criminal defense attorneys, so call us today at (215) 486-0123 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Notable Case Results

Always Pursing the Best Possible Outcome
  • Rape Case Not Guilty
  • Second Impeachment Trial of President Donald Trump Acquittal
  • DUI Not Guilty
  • Child Pornography Not Guilty
  • Governor’s pardon Pardon Granted
  • Governor’s pardon Pardon Granted
  • Arson Charges Dropped
  • Aggravated Assault Not Guilty
  • Drug Trafficking Not Guilty
  • Embezzlement Charges Dropped
In the Media

Throughout the years, our firm and our individual attorneys have been recognized in both local and national media for our extensive legal knowledge, experience, and record of success. Our attorneys frequently appear in the media to provide insight and information on various legal matters, including high-profile cases.

Choosing the Right Firm Can Make All the Difference

  • Unrivaled Record of Success
    We have won tens of millions of dollars for injured victims, and have achieved countless "not guilty" verdicts for clients faced with criminal charges.
  • No Challenge too Big
    Our firm has handled some of the biggest cases in country, including representing the President of the United States.
  • Personalized Representation

    We understand that every case is unique. Therefore, we tailor our approach based on the facts of the case and the needs of our client. 

  • Uncompromising Passion
    Our competitive nature is one of our strongest qualities. You can be confident that no other firm will outwork our team.
  • Holistic Approach
    Not only do we want to excel legally for the client, but we also want to make sure we are strengthening their mind, body and spirt.
  • Supporting the Community
    Our team engages in many community events and regularly donates time and resources to many charitable organizations in Philadelphia.
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Home to Philadelphia’s most accomplished attorneys, van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin pairs diverse practice experience with a passion-driven, comprehensive law practice—all for the client’s benefit.