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Major Felony Charges

When you think out homicide cases or murder case. If you or a relative or a son or a daughter get charged with the most serious type of offense of all, which is murder, I’ve tried those cases and won them. 

I’ve handled death penalty cases, I’ve learned those cases inside and out. And if you are in one of those horrible nightmarish situations, or someone you love is in one of those nightmarish situations, I can help you. I’ve handled many of them, I’ve tried many of them, and I can do what needs to be done on them.

So like I say here at Rensch Law, we can handle it all. I personally have handled a lot of murder cases, homiside cases, and even vehicular homiside cases. 

Homicide Appeals RENSCH LAW Has Handled...

State v. Horse, 2002 SD 47, 644 N.W.2d 211 (Murder/reversed)
State v. Piper, 2006 SD 1, 709 N.W.2d 783 (Murder (Death Penalty)/remanded)
State v. Krebs, 2006 SD 42, 714 N.W.2d 91 (Murder/reversed)
State v. Goulding, 2011 SD 25, 799 N.W.2d 412 (Murder)
State v. Shaw, 2005 SD 75, 721 N.W.2d 620 (Attempted Murder)
U.S. v. Juvenile Male N.R., 8th Cir. Ct. of Appeals No. 01-1489 (Murder)
State v. Charles, 2001 SD 67, 628 N.W.2d 734 (Murder)
Bolzer v. U.S., 8th Cir. Ct. of Appeals No. 05-3104 (Federal Habeas Corpus/Murder)
U.S. v. Gregg, 376 F.SUPP 2d 949 (DSD 2005) (8th Cir.2006) (Murder)
State v. Reay, 2009 SD 10, 762 N.W.2d 356 (Murder)

The most serious charge one can face is First Degree Murder. This is a Class A Felony, which carries a maximum penalty of Death. Second Degree Murder, also known as depraved mind killing, is a Class B Felony, which carries a mandatory Life sentence. First Degree Manslaughter is a Class C Felony, which carries a sentence of up to Life. Different homicide charges go down from there, and include Second Degree Manslaughter, and Vehicular Homicide.

Timothy J. Rensch, founder of RENSCH LAW, has tried cases in each of these categories. He has been handling murder cases for over 20 years. While there have been convictions, some have been reversed on appeal, some have been acquittals. Mr. Rensch has tried fourteen murder or homicide cases, some of which have garnered national and international attention. In addition to the ones tried there are more which were handled by way of plea agreement, refusal of the Grand Jury to charge, or a decision by the prosecuting authority not to charge. Needless to say, RENSCH LAW has the experience and knowledge to handle these most serious of charges.

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