In the state of Illinois, murder is the most serious criminal offense an individual can commit. Not only that, but the state prosecutes the offense harsher than any other crime; while the death penalty was abolished in 2011, there are still serious consequences involved with a murder conviction.

If you are facing any type of criminal charges related to murder, you need to act fast to build your defense. Our Chicago criminal defense lawyers at Abdallah Law bring years of insight and legal skill to the table and can help you advocate for your freedom and safeguard your future. 

When you work with us, you can be confident that you have seasoned and dedicated legal professionals on your side. Our lawyers have been given a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating, selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® list, and been recognized as some of the top criminal defense attorneys in the area. Do not wait to get our team on your side!


There are two different types of murder charges that you may be facing. First degree murder is the preplanned and intentional killing of another person without a legal defense. Second degree murder is considered the intentional killing of another person that occurs in the heat of passion, or without any planning and premeditation to commit such an action.

When you or a loved one have been accused of murder, you have two options: you can show that you did not commit the crime or that you did kill someone, but it cannot be considered murder. Some of the most common ways that you and a criminal defense lawyer can prove your innocence in these charges is by:

  • Showing that the wrong person has been accused of this crime
  • Discrediting forensic evidence and witness testimony
  • Arguing that aggressive actions were only taken in the name of self-defense
  • Proving that the killing was accidental and not premediated
  • Explaining how accused was did not have the mental capacity to commit the crime

In order to convict someone of murder, it must be proven that the accused intended to kill or cause serious harm to another person, that they were aware that the actions they were engaged in could cause death, or that the death occurred in connection with another forcible felony.


Under 720 ILCS 5/9-1, it is considered first degree murder, a felony offense, when an individual intentionally kills without lawful justification, or performs acts that they know will probably cause great harm or death. It is also considered first degree murder if they are committing a felony and, as a result, take another individual's life. Similarly, second degree murder occurs when an individual kills another due to a sudden and intense passion or they believed they were justified, though they were not.

You could be facing the following penalties for your charges:

  • Minimum 20 years for first degree murder
  • Maximum life imprisonment for first degree murder
  • No chance of reduced sentence time
  • 4 to 20 years in jail for second degree murder

You may also face charges for involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, and vehicular homicide, each carrying varying penalties based on the aggravating factors involved.

Regardless of the details of the charge you are facing, it is crucial that you talk with our Chicago murder defense attorneys right away. Request your case consultation with our team today.