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Top Long Island Homicide Defense Attorney Jason Bassett

There are no criminal charges more serious than murder or homicide.  Anyone charged with murder faces the prospect of spending the rest of their life in prison.  Being convicted of homicide can mean the loss of your freedom and your future.

If you or someone you care about has been accused of murder, the lawyer that you choose can make all the difference.  You need someone not afraid to take on the police and the prosecution.  In order to get the best possible outcome when you or someone you love has been accused of homicide, you need to hire a top criminal defense lawyer.

Jason Bassett, Esq. is an experienced criminal defense attorney devoted to representing the rights of those who have been charged with murder, whether it be in Suffolk County, Nassau County on Long Island, or anywhere else in New York NY.  Not only is he an experienced Long Island homicide defense lawyer, but he also has experience as a former NYC prosecutor so he knows exactly how homicide detectives and prosecutors think and how to beat them. Mr. Bassett has the experience as a criminal lawyer to give anyone accused of murder the best possible defense. If you or someone close to you has been charged with violent crimes, contact us today for a free case evaluation at (631) 259-6060.

Jason was attentive, respectful and made me feel like I made the right choice in hiring him as an attorney from the start.

The Role of Intent in Long Island Homicide Defense Cases

The intent of the defendant at the time of death is one of the key factors in determining the severity of a murder charge. The severity of a homicide charge could also depend on the evidence a prosecutor can provide regarding the motive or purpose for which the defendant allegedly committed the crime.

When a prosecutor is only able to prove that a defendant caused someone’s death by negligence, the charges are usually the least serious. In cases such as drunk driving, the defendant didn’t intend to cause harm but a fatal accident occurred due to their bad choices. This is an example of a criminally negligent homicide which is a class E felony under New York Penal Law §125.10.

In cases where alleged violence resulted in a person’s unexpected death, manslaughter charges can be brought upon a defendant. Only if a prosecutor can show that a defendant intentionally killed another person will murder charges be filed.

Long Island homicide lawyer Jason Bassett can review your case and help you determine what role intent plays in your case. He can use his experience as a criminal defense attorney to help you explore all the avenues you have toward your freedom. If you are facing homicide criminal charges in Long Island, NY, criminal attorney Jason Bassett is here to help. Contact us today.

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Homicide Defense Attorney Jason Bassett Explains the Degrees of Murder or Manslaughter in New York State

Homicide is an umbrella term for various types of crimes in which one person is accused of having taken the life of another. Under the laws of New York, “homicide” is defined as causing the death of a person under circumstances constituting murder in the first degree, murder in the 2nd degree, manslaughter in the first degree, manslaughter in the second degree, or criminally negligent homicide.

Criminal defense attorneys like Jason Bassett represent people who have been accused of:


Murder in the first degree – A person facing murder charges in the first degree is usually accused of having done one of the following:

Murder in the second degree – Someone facing murder charges in the second degree is most commonly alleged to have:

If you or someone you care about is facing a violent crimes/homicide charge in Suffolk County, Nassau County, or anywhere in New York City, contact top NY criminal defense lawyer Jason Bassett today for a free consultation in person or over the phone.


Manslaughter in the first degree is generally charged when someone is alleged to have killed someone not intending to kill them but rather cause them serious physical injury or causing someone’s death under circumstances that show they were under the influence of an extreme emotional disturbance.

Manslaughter in the second degree is charged when a person is accused of recklessly causing the death of another person or intentionally causing or aiding another person to commit suicide.

Criminally Negligent Homicide

Criminally Negligent Homicide — A person is accused of this crime when they cause the death of another person and they didn’t cause the death intentionally but rather they failed to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk that death might occur and that failure to perceive risk is a gross deviation from what a reasonable person would observe.

Criminally Negligent Homicide Vs. Aggravated Criminally Negligent Homicide

There are also charges for criminally negligent homicide or aggravated criminally negligent homicide. Criminally negligent homicide is when the victim dies as a consequence of criminal negligence. One example of this is when a parent causes the death of their child because of negligence.

A crime becomes aggravated criminally negligent homicide if the victim was a peace officer or police officer working at the time of their death. Aggravated criminally negligent homicide is a Class C felony, while criminally negligent homicide is a class E felony.

These crimes, which are both unintentional in nature, are sometimes referred to as voluntary manslaughter.

Criminal attorney Jason Bassett understands the importance of a great defense strategy against negligent homicide charges. He may be able to help you explore your options and protect your freedom. If you are looking for a top-rated attorney for criminal defense in Nassau County or Suffolk County, contact Jason Bassett Criminal Attorney today at (631) 259-6060.

Vehicular Manslaughter

Vehicular manslaughter in the first degree is when a driver unintentionally causes the death of another while intoxicated and one of the following aggravating factors:

Vehicular manslaughter in the 2nd degree is when a driver unintentionally causes the death of another while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.

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Mr Basset has shown me both compassion & care. He is easy to talk to & easy to contact. I am totally happy that contacted & hired him to represent me in present case. Very professional & gives me confidence he will fight for me. Highly recommend !!!!

Defenses to Homicide Charges in New York State

A skilled criminal attorney like Jason Bassett understands how to use any possible criminal defense in order to secure a not-guilty verdict or at least lessen the degree of the charge someone charged with homicide is facing. These defenses include:

Hiring top legal representation is important if you are facing New York homicide charges. A skilled attorney for criminal defense can help you understand your rights and ensure that your freedom is protected. For legal advice and legal representation in Nassau County, Suffolk County, or anywhere on Long Island, contact us at (631) 259-6060.

He treated me with respect and did everything in his power to ensure I received my freedom. Excellent. He was able to do beyond what was desired and expected.

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Free Consultation with Top-Rated New York Criminal Defense Attorney Jason Bassett

If you have been charged with homicide on Long Island in New York City, you need a criminal defense lawyer who is dedicated to protecting your rights and will do whatever it takes to get you the best possible outcome.

Jason Bassett, Esq. has the experience and skill to provide an uncompromising legal defense to clients who have been accused of homicide, murder, or manslaughter in New York State. His other practice areas include domestic violence, sex crimes, white-collar crimes, and drug crimes/DWI. Contact the law firm of Criminal Attorney Jason Bassett for a consultation immediately to get the best legal defense (631) 259-6060.

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