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Homicide, Murder, Vehicular Manslaughter & Manslaughter

Types of Homicide Crimes in New York

Homicide crimes are some of the most challenging cases that any New York criminal defense attorney could face. These charges can run from the most serious A-1 felonies, punishable by up to life imprisonment, to Class E felonies, punishable by a maximum sentence of 4 years in prison. However, despite the level of crime, these cases are treated very seriously by prosecutors. In addition, they present a distinct challenge to lawyers; because the victim never, ever testifies in a homicide case. As a result of this unique issue, homicide cases rely on science such as DNA or toxicology more often and to a greater extent than other cases.


Homicide cases, as defined in the New York Penal Law, include:

  • Murder in the First Degree
  • Aggravated Murder
  • Murder in the Second Degree
  • Aggravated Manslaughter in the First Degree
  • Aggravated Manslaughter in the Second Degree
  • Manslaughter in the First Degree
  • Manslaughter in the Second Degree
  • Vehicular Manslaughter in the First Degree
  • Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide
  • DWI Causing Death
Put the Knowledge, Experience and Skill of a Former Homicide Prosecutor to Work for You

Senior Attorney and Principal Peter H. Tilem, Esq. spent more than 10 years as a prosecutor where he was assigned to the elite Homicide Chart where he was put in charge of investigating and prosecuting homicide cases in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. Mr. Tilem has the experience and breadth of knowledge to deal with DNA evidence, crime scene forensic investigations, blood splatter evidence and autopsy reports. In addition he has the experience to analyze reports from prosecution witnesses and to cross-examine those government witnesses. As a former homicide prosecutor, Mr. Tilem understands the strategy that the prosecutor may be using, and the methods that they use to try to prove their cases. Being able to anticipate the prosecutor's moves, give Mr. Tilem an advantage over other criminal defense lawyers who may lack the extensive experience that Mr. Tilem can draw from.

Why Hire Tilem & Associates, PC?

Serving people throughout New York, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Tilem & Associates, PC have the experience to vigorously defend all types of homicide cases. Using forensic pathologists, accident and crime scene reconstructionists, DNA testing and private investigators, our lawyers have the expertise and knowledge to attack the prosecutor's case. The lawyers at Tilem & Associates will investigate and assess your case and come up with an honest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the case, as well as a strategy to get our clients the very best possible resolution of their cases. At Tilem & Associates we offer each client personalized attention and spend the time it takes to understand the client and the case.

With Mr. Tilem's experience as a homicide prosecutor who investigated and prosecuted homicides for the New York County District Attorney's Office, Mr. Tilem, has become a criminal defense lawyer with a proven track record of successfully representing New York clients charged with all types of crimes, including the most serious of homicide cases. Mr. Tilem has appeared on CNN, 60 Minutes and numerous other media outlets as a result of his representation of some very high profile and serious cases.

Tell Us Your Side of the Story Today

If you or a loved one has been accused of a homicide, contact an experienced New York criminal defense lawyer at Tilem & Associates, PC as early as possible. You can reach us online or by calling at 877-377-8666 regarding your legal matter. You can schedule an in office consultation or speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable attorneys over the phone.

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