Your Life Is On The Line

Criminal homicide is one of the most serious possible charges under Pennsylvania law, so timing is absolutely critical. Do not risk your freedom, your reputation, or your relationships by waiting to contact us to discuss your case. The consequences of a conviction of Murder in Pennsylvania include life in prison and can carry with it the death penalty. Attorney Stacy Parks Miller and Attorney William A. Shaw Jr., both have in-depth experience successfully trying multiple homicide cases to verdict. It is critical that you hire the most experienced attorneys as soon as you know you are under investigation. All homicide cases are different, but because of the seriousness of the crime, the government uses its best detectives and experts to investigate the case and its best prosecutors to prosecute the case. They will leave no stone unturned by conducting forensic tests and taking other steps to obtain evidence. It is imperative that you hire attorneys who possess the ability and expertise to contest your charges and fight back. Experience is always your best defense in a courtroom. They are able to use their extensive criminal law experience to provide you with the best criminal defense possible. The Shaw Law Group looks forward to protecting your rights in and out of the courtroom.


Criminal homicide is the killing of another person which occurs when the defendant acted intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with certain degrees of negligence. This offense is broken up into categories, including three degrees of murder and two types of manslaughter. It is punished based on the mental state of the defendant at the time of the killing, which means that it is not enough to show that someone has died; the Commonwealth must also show that death occurred due to the defendant’s actions and that the defendant intended the death at some level or acted in disregard of the risk that it would occur.

At the Shaw Law Group, our attorneys have tried to successful verdict many homicide cases. We handle murder and other violent crime defense matters in Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania. We recently obtained a complete Pre-Trial dismissal of Homicide charges and in another Homicide case we secured a reversal of a Murder conviction and obtained a new trial for our client after proving through multiple hearings the client’s trial lawyer was ineffective during his first trial. We obtained our client’s release on bail pending his second trial and we look forward to capably defending him this time around. See both Opinions Homicide 1 Homicide 2

Our criminal defense attorney — William A. Shaw, Jr.,  — is one of only a handful of lawyers in Pennsylvania who has been certified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to handle death penalty cases in both federal and state courts. This certification means that he has proven himself through his advocacy at trial and his results to be skilled and knowledgeable in the area of criminal defense in capital cases.


Our lawyers provide a strong defense in all types of Homicide cases, including death penalty (capital) cases, first-degree murder, involuntary and voluntary manslaughter. We also are experienced in defending Homicide by Vehicle cases.

We Protect Your Constitutional Rights

We will serve as your shield against the long arm of the criminal justice system. We will ensure that your rights are protected, evidence is tested and that you do not incriminate yourself in any way.

Fierce Advocates At Every Stage Of Defense

We are advocates for our clients at every stage of a criminal defense matter, including preliminary hearings, detention hearings, suppression of evidence hearings, plea negotiations, jury trials, bench trials and appeals. It is important to start your fight early in the process, ideally while you are under investigation before charges are filed.

We are known for our straightforward, aggressive approach to defending clients against violent crimes charges and for our ability to effectively challenge the prosecution at every stage of a case. We draw on our expert resources and our legal knowledge to investigate and build the strongest strategic case that we can on your behalf. Our team of homicide attorneys knows the best defenses for each unique case, and we know how to challenge each part of the Commonwealth’s case at the preliminary hearing; through pre-trial motions, and at trial with a judge or a jury. We also have extensive experience in skillfully negotiating for better outcomes for our clients, and we have obtained the best results even in cases in which the Commonwealth has a great deal of evidence. Most importantly, our defense attorneys have a proven track record of murder cases having recently obtained a complete dismissal of a Homicide case. If you or a loved one are under investigation or facing homicide charges, you need the best defense attorneys in your corner. Call 814-762-0004 for a free strategy session with one of our lawyers today.

We Are Here To Help ∙ Free Initial Consultations

We offer free initial consultations to answer your questions and help you understand your charges, your legal rights and options. We know that clients need strong representation even if they cannot afford it, so we will work with you to create an affordable payment plan.

Our Process

1. Initial Consultation
We set up first meeting to listen to your case.
2. Evaluate Situation
We discuss your options with honesty and integrity.
3. Gather More Information
We will continue to gather information to prepare your defense.
4. Plan your defense
We will prepare and implement your defense strategy.


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