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    Philadelphia Murder Charges – What to Know

    Why an Experienced Criminal Lawyer Matters

    An experienced Philadelphia criminal lawyer will exhaust all complex and nuanced legal avenues for a successful outcome. This means filing motions to suppress or other complex legal motions or trial motions. These motions are often dispositive and can result in dismissal of certain charges. In murder cases, while a not guilty trial verdict is the best outcome, getting the charges reduced might be in the defendant/client’s best interest due to criminal histories, financial issues, etc.

    Oftentimes, the success of suppression, pre-trial and trial motions depends on the judge who decides them.  While judge shopping certainly isn’t allowed in any criminal cases, an experienced criminal lawyer in Philadelphia will know the odds of success depending on the judge who gets assigned to the matter. Some judges are known to be more lenient than others; some are more versed in complex criminal legal issues than others. Accordingly, issues must be presented and argued in the best light possible, depending on the judge. An experienced criminal lawyer will be better able to accomplish this than an out of state attorney or an attorney who hasn’t argued motions in front of the judges.

    Related: Common Philadelphia Criminal Cases: Murder Charges and Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act Charges  [Learn about gun possession or VUFA (Violation of Uniform Firearms Act) charges that often get filed in Philadelphia murder cases.]

    Be Honest with Your Lawyer

    Hiding facts or details can negatively affect the success of a case. Oftentimes, people charged with a crime will hide facts due to embarrassment or just plain forgetfulness. For example, a Philadelphia man charged in a shooting death has an alibi – he was selling drugs. However he says nothing to his lawyer in order to avoid exposing himself to a drug investigation.

    In order to present the best possible defenses in criminal cases like murder or homicide, a lawyer has to know everything about the case, what happened on the day of the incident and the defendant’s relationship with the victim.

    Begin Your Own Investigation ASAP

    In a murder case, one of the most important factors for success is getting an investigation started immediately. The reality is that law enforcement tends to investigate murder cases with tunnel vision. Once a suspect is identified, detectives will stop investigating the crime and instead zero in on the suspect. Witnesses, photos and even video evidence may be lost, when time is of the essence. That’s why it’s crucial for someone facing murder charges to get their own investigations started. This means hiring an investigator who will investigate the victim, eyewitnesses, other witnesses, etc.

    For more information, visit the Philadelphia Criminal Murder Law Library.

    David S. Nenner

    "Top Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer"

    MURDER, Att. Murder CHARGES – Negotiated Significantly Lower prison sentence (Feb. 2022, PHILA)

    Mr. Anderson faced murder and attempted murder charges after an incident in Northeast Philadelphia involving the shooting death of Anderson’s sister’s boyfriend and the boyfriend’s roommate who was shot 5 times and survived. The decedent had previously beaten the...


    The Commonwealth alleged that Mr. Shelton shot and seriously injured a male in a bar in North Philadelphia called Circles. There was video of the shooting which happened outside the bar. However, Mr. Nenner presented witnesses who testified that the person in the bar...


    Mr. Nenner's client was charged with multiple crimes (murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault, robbery, etc.) after a shooting death occurred at a gambling house in North Philadelphia. At trial, Mr. Nenner successfully presented a self-defense argument and convinced...


    Mr. Nenner’s client was charged with murder and gun charges in Philadelphia. The client was accused of shooting and killing another male on Arch Street near the 5600 block of Ithan Street in Philadelphia. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty after deliberating...

    Drug Possession Case – Motion to Suppress Granted

    Mr. Nenner presented evidence that to show that the traffic stop was a pretextual stop. The officer had no reason to pull the car over. The judge agreed and suppressed the evidence. As a result, the prosecution withdrew the charges.

    Sentencing for 1st Degree Murder in PA

    In this article below we discuss sentencing for 1st degree murder cases in Pennsylvania. In later articles, we will discuss sentencing for 2nd and 3rd degree murder cases. If you or a loved one is facing murder charges in Philadelphia or the surrounding counties,...

    Philadelphia Criminal Trials – Evidence Pointing to Another Perpetrator in Drug Possession or Drug Manufacture Cases

    In criminal trials in Philadelphia, one pretty common defense tactic is pointing the finger at another person at trial. This can raise enough doubt to result in a not guilty verdict by the judge or jury that the defendant was not the perpetrator of the crime. Here’s...

    Philadelphia Murder & Gun Possession Cases Increasing in 2021 – A Look at Common Charges & Defenses

    A look at PA criminal law for Murder (1st, 2nd, 3rd Degree), Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Carrying a Firearm in Philadelphia (misdemeanor).

    Pennsylvania Murder Charges, Deceased Person’s Statements Used to Prove Guilt

    Defense Trial Strategies – Excluding Statements That Accuse the Defendant Prosecutors often look to a deceased individual’s statements made prior to a murder to show that the defendant is guilty. These statements may point to a history of violence between the deceased...

    Pennsylvania (State) Drug Charges, Dog Sniffs & Constitutional Law

    Federal and Pennsylvania state courts treat narcotics dog searches differently. So different that the same scenario could result in different outcomes in federal versus state court. For example, a Philadelphia resident is pulled over for speeding. During the traffic...