It is terrifying for you or a loved one to be charged with murder, manslaughter, or homicide. It is vital that you retain a lawyer right away to begin work on the case. Even if the accused person says he doesn’t want to talk, police will keep trying to get him to incriminate himself unless or until the accused says he wants an attorney. Once a person accused of murder or any crime says that they have an attorney, police are required to stop questioning. If you or a loved one finds yourself in this terrible position, Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff attorneys can get to work right away to make sure important evidence is preserved, witnesses are identified and located, and that your rights are protected from the start.

Our team of murder defense attorneys have represented clients charged with the most serious crimes of murder, manslaughter, and homicide throughout western Massachusetts and the Commonwealth. If you or a loved one has been arrested for murder or if you think you are a suspect or witness in a murder investigation, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. No time is too soon to retain an attorney in this dire situation.

In-House Cutting-Edge Forensic Experience

Murder, manslaughter, and homicide cases involve the highest level of forensic science evidence available to law enforcement. From the very moment police appear on the scene, they are collecting evidence for scientific testing – DNA, fingerprints, gunshot residue, blood spatter. They have an army of crime scene analysts, lab technicians, and forensic experts ready to make the case against the person they believe committed the crime. The “science” isn’t always right however and it takes a defense team with experience and specialized training to challenge forensic evidence.

Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff attorneys have unparalleled experience and training in forensic evidence. All of our lawyers have handled cases involving DNA evidence, fingerprints, and lab testing. We work closely in these complicated cases with forensic experts to make sure we understand the science, effectively challenge the prosecution’s experts, and present forensic evidence of our own where it helps our client’s case. Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff attorneys attend conferences and trainings with other practitioners and forensic scientists and experts of the highest level to learn about and to teach on issues related to forensic evidence.

Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff also has our own, in-house forensic evidence expert. In addition to being a talented lawyer, Attorney Kelly Auer is a research scientist with a PhD in molecular biology. Our resident expert on DNA and scientific processes, Kelly is a part of the team for every case involving extensive forensic evidence. No other criminal defensefirm in Massachusetts has this kind of expertise in-house.

Remember Your Right to Remain Silent

Murder is a serious allegation, and a prosecutor must prove that the person accused actually committed the crime. Do not speak to the police without an attorney present. If you have already been arrested, do not try to explain to them, or anyone, how you could not have done this or talk to them about anything at all. Law enforcement is only interested in looking for facts that incriminate you. Every inconsistency will be used against you later in court and every hole in your story will be investigated. But if you remain silent, as you have every right to do, it can never be used against you later in court. Don’t talk!

If you or your loved one has already spoken with the police, don’t panic, but say no more until you can speak to a murder defense attorney. Once you have hired an attorney, tell them everything you can remember about your interactions with the police. From there, your lawyer can advise you on what you should and shouldn’t say moving forward.

Our lawyers have represented clients accused of murder, manslaughter, and vehicular homicide in courts throughout western Massachusetts, including Northampton, Springfield, and Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Counties. We are a well-known and respected legal team who will mount a vigorous defense on your behalf. With so much at stake, you need attorneys you can trust guiding you through this ordeal and you need them on the case as soon as possible.

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Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff

31 Trumbull Rd., Suite B  Northampton, MA 01060

Phone: (413) 341-2131

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Communities We Serve: Northampton & Surrounding Areas