Prince George's County officials in Maryland have charged a man with two-counts of attempted first-degree murder following an incident at a Temple Hills night club. According to local reports, the suspect got into an argument with a man after the man won a music competition at the club. Brandishing a handgun, he then allegedly fired multiple shots into the parking lot.
The shots found their apparent targets as the man and a female acquaintance were both hit with bullets in their lower bodies. In addition to the attempted murder counts, the suspect is also being charged with assault. He was arrested and booked this past week and will now initiate a criminal defense to respond to these allegations.
The first step in such a process will be investigating and defining the facts as alleged. Generally, prosecutors will only tell one-half of a story. As a result, suspects often come off as cold-blooded criminals with zero justification for their actions. This is dangerous as it allow juries to convict a suspect on higher-level charges.
For example, in this case the suspect has been charged with assault and attempted murder. The attempted murder charge comes with a much higher penalty exposure. While the fact of the shooting may be enough to secure an assault charge, the prosecution must prove significant elements to secure an attempted murder conviction.
Local Upper Marlboro criminal defense lawyers know what is required and how to disprove the state's case. They have decades of experienced reducing criminal charges to the lowest possible level through plea negotiations and other legal means. Anyone charged with multiple crimes are encouraged to contact a local expert to evaluate the opportunities to reduce charges and potential jail time.
Source: Miami Herald, "Man charged after shooting over music contest," July 2, 2014