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Murder Defense Lawyers

The stakes don’t get much higher than being charged with murder. As experienced Minneapolis murder lawyers, we recognize the profound impact a conviction can have on an individual’s life. But don’t lose hope – we have the experience to fight for you to achieve the best outcome possible. Our unwavering commitment to justice drives us to meticulously investigate, strategize, and advocate for our clients at every stage of the legal process.

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Our Minneapolis Murder Defense Services

Murder charges in Minnesota are classified into three degrees, depending on the severity of the charge and the associate penalties:

  • First-Degree Murder: Premeditated killing or causing death while committing certain felonies, such as kidnapping or burglary. This charge carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.
  • Second-Degree Murder: Intentional killing that is not premeditated, or causing death while committing a felony offense such as assault. This charge can result in up to 40 years in prison.
  • Third-Degree Murder: Causing death through a dangerous act without regard for human life, or distributing illegal drugs that result in death. This charge carries a penalty of up to 25 years in prison.

Navigating murder charges requires a strong defense strategy and skilled legal representation. At Martine Law, we analyze the evidence, challenge the prosecution’s case, and explore all possible defenses to protect your future. There are a number of common defenses against murder charges that we could explore:

  • Self-Defense: Demonstrating that you acted in self-defense or defense of others to prevent imminent harm or death.
  • Lack of Intent: Arguing that the killing was accidental or that you lacked the intent to commit murder.
  • Insanity or Mental Incapacity: Proving that you were not in a mental state to understand the nature of your actions or differentiate right from wrong at the time of the incident.
  • Violation of Rights: Challenging any violations of your constitutional rights during the investigation or arrest process, such as unlawful search and seizure or lack of Miranda warnings.

At Martine Law, we understand that justice doesn’t always prevail in our criminal system. Whether a defendant is being treated too harshly by an overzealous prosecutor, or a victim is exaggerating what actually happened, people often face exorbitant penalties that they don’t deserve.

In addition, there are a variety of mitigating factors that a lawyer can present to argue for a reduction in penalties. For example, we might argue that you were provoked into action, that you feel genuine remorse for your actions, or that you cooperated with law enforcement during the investigation.

Between these defenses and mitigating factors, an experienced murder lawyer can build a vigorous defense strategy tailored to your needs and the specifics of your case.

What Our Clients Say

“From the moment I called Martine Law, I was given strength and guidance through a criminal case I thought was going to put me behind bars for a very long time. Instead, this firm stuck with me and guided me to an outcome I am so grateful for. Now, I'm not behind locked doors but home and with my family.”

Shawn S.

“I got into a lot of trouble a few years back. Xavier Martine was fantastic, both inside the courtroom and out. He kept me out of jail and allowed me a path to get my life back on track. Hopefully I’ll never need a criminal defense attorney again. But if I do, he’ll be the person I call!”

Tyler Z.

“ Xavier and his team are always on top of their cases, working hard to get more information and keeping you up to date on your situation. His diverse experience in different areas of law allows him to really attack the legality of your case and give the best option to moving forward in the legal process. I really appreciate his dedication to fairness in the way the law is applied.”

Collin D.

“Xavier was so helpful during an unfortunate time in my life, very easy to talk to and non-judgmental! He was very thorough and professional in regards to my case, which ultimately led to a great outcome.”

Amber P.

Our Minneapolis Murder Case Process


Call (612) 979-1305 to speak to an Intake Specialist. We’re available 24/7.

Call (612) 979-1305


We’ll discuss your situation and desired outcomes, and determine if we can help.


If we’re a good fit, we’ll fight to get you the best results possible!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the potential penalties for a murder conviction in Minnesota?

Penalties for a murder conviction in Minnesota range from 25 years to life in prison, depending on the degree of the charge. First-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence without parole.

What is the difference between manslaughter and murder in Minnesota?

Manslaughter is considered a lesser offense compared to murder and generally involves killings that occur without premeditation or intent to cause death. Manslaughter charges often result from reckless or negligent actions rather than deliberate or planned actions.

Can murder charges be reduced in Minnesota?

Yes, with the right defense strategy, it may be possible to have murder charges reduced to lesser offenses, such as manslaughter. Our attorneys will explore all avenues to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Can a murder charge be dismissed before trial in Minnesota?

Yes. One of the first things we do for our clients is meticulously review the case to identify any grounds for dismissal. The most common defense for murder charges include a lack of sufficient evidence, violations of constitutional rights, or procedural errors.

Can I be granted bail if charged with murder in Minnesota?

Bail for murder charges is rare and depends on various factors, including the severity of the charge, evidence strength, and your criminal history. Our attorneys can discuss the possibility of bail and work to secure it if feasible.

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Hire an Experienced Murder Lawyer in Minneapolis Today

If you or a loved one is facing a murder charge, it’s understandable to be scared. But the best thing you can do to face that fear is to get an experienced and passionate criminal defense attorney on your side. Contact us today to speak to an Intake Specialist.

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