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How Common Are False Murder Charges?

What You Need to Know About Wrongful Murder Convictions

Murder is the most serious crime, punishable by life in prison or death depending on the state and the circumstances of the case. Despite the life-altering consequences of a conviction, false murder charges still happen. Even the accusation of murder can ruin a person’s career, reputation, and future.

At Maverick Ray & Associates, we believe in fighting to protect our clients. We know that false murder charges are filed and wrongful convictions occur, which is why we are advocates dedicated to finding justice. Our law firm is well-known for its ability to secure “Not Guilty” verdicts and dismissals on even the most complex charges.

If you were arrested for murder or another serious crime, contact our office at +12819472007 to schedule a free consultation. All case evaluations are provided at no cost and without obligation to retain our services.

How Many Innocent People Are Incarcerated?

The Georgia Innocence Project estimates that between 4-6% of people that are incarcerated throughout the United States are innocent. Upon conviction, a person can spend years in prison for a crime they did not commit.

How Many False Murder Charges Are Filed Each Year?

As detailed in the National Registry of Exonerations (NRE), there were 103 exonerations of violent crimes in 2021. The total included 77 homicide charges. While the exact number of false murder charges that are filed each year remains unknown, it is clear that a significant number of convictions occur and are later exonerated. 

Can a Wrongful Conviction Be Overturned?

In general, a person has the right to appeal a conviction. A person may also get exonerated of a crime due to new scientific testing. As reported in the NRE, 19 exonerations were based on DNA evidence. Of the 161 total exonerations in 2021, only 9 occurred in Texas. Without the help of an attorney, it is unlikely that you will be successful. 

Why Are False Murder Charges Filed?

False murder charges can be filed for a number of reasons. If you have been arrested for murder, you need to speak with an attorney immediately. An attorney can help you understand your rights and help you avoid a wrongful conviction.

Reasons false murder charges are filed:

  • Mistaken witness
  • False or coerced confession
  • Misconduct by government officials 
  • Perjury or false accusation
  • Inadequate legal representation

Regardless of the reason, it is in your best interest to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney will review your case to determine if you have a valid claim for damages. Minorities are also disproportionately targeted. One study shows that black people are 7x more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder. 

Arrested for Murder? Contact Our Office. 

If you were arrested for murder in Houston or the surrounding area, contact our office at +12819472007 to schedule a free consultation. At Maverick Ray & Associates, we relentlessly pursue justice for our clients. Our lawyers have a reputation for their compassion and dedication. Let us help you fight the charges. We will not back down. There are no fees unless we win. Call now to get started. 

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