York PA death Penalty Capital Crimes cases

Death Penalty Cases -- Death Row Defense Attorney -- Capital Crimes Lawyer

There is no greater responsibility for an attorney than representing a client charged with a capital crime. When a person's very life is at stake, relatively few attorneys are up to the challenge, or have the experience and knowledge needed to handle such a case. At the Law Office of Marshall & Smith, PC, both our attorneys are certified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to handle death penalty (capital) cases. If you or a family member is charged with a homicide in York County that may qualify as a capital case, call the experienced attorneys at Marshall & Smith, PC today.



Q:   Why do you need two attorneys for a death penalty case?

A:   There are two phases to a trial in a capital crimes case. The first phase determines the defendants guilt or innocence; the second determines the punishment. The jury must decide whether the defendant should be sentenced to death or receive life without parole. Two attorneys are needed to focus on both aspects of the trial with equal intensity. The penalty phase attorney will tell our client's life story to the jury. We help them see the defendant as a human being, not as a person who was just found guilty of homicide. Perhaps he or she suffers from mental illness, childhood trauma, or sexual/physical abuse. We will attempt to persuade the jury to see our client as a human being and to spare his or her life.

There is no more serious charge than a capital crime. If you are facing such a charge, there is no better firm to represent you than Marshall & Smith, PC. Please contact Suzanne S. Smith and Jeffrey C. Marshall, capital crimes lawyers, at Marshall & Smith, PC, today