First Degree Murder
Criminal Defense Lawyers Defending Clients in Orange, Riverside, Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties in California Accused of First Degree Murder
According to California Penal Code 189, first degree murder is a "premeditated" killing or taking of the life of another person. Considered the most serious homicide offense of all, those convicted will face extremely harsh punishment. At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles criminal defense team is dedicated with providing clients accused of first degree murder with unsurpassed legal guidance and representation.
In order to be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, prosecutors must prove the killing was premeditated, deliberate, and willful. In other words, it must be proven that you intended to kill someone and knew the consequences of your actions. Premeditated essentially means that you reflected on the consequences of your intended action. You may also be charged with first degree murder when someone is killed during the commission of a felony crime, even if the death was accidental, or committed by another individual who was a co-conspirator.First Degree Murder Defense Attorneys in Los Angeles
When facing a charge of felony or first degree murder, it is essential you secure the services of an experienced and capable defense lawyer. Being arrested or charged with a crime does not mean you will be found guilty of the offense you are accused of. A competent attorney will carefully analyze the details of your case, reviewing all investigative procedures and evidence collected. It is important to note that the criminal justice process is one consisting of humans, and all people make mistakes - including police, prosecutors, and even judges. Our top priority is to have charges dismissed or reduced; if your case does go to trial, we will use all of our skill, experience, and knowledge in order to protect you from a criminal conviction and the resulting punishment.
In our efforts to secure an acquittal or have charges dismissed, we work with some of the most reputable forensic analysts and investigators available. We are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to protect you from a life behind bars.California Criminal Penalties for First Degree Murder
As mentioned above, the penalties for first degree murder in California are extremely harsh. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison if convicted. However, if it is determined the crime was committed based on the victim's nationality, religion, race, sexual orientation, or gender, it may be considered a "hate crime," which ultimately could result in a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. There are certain situations in which a defendant may be sentenced to death as well.Contact The Justice Firm Immediately
There is no criminal offense considered more serious than the act of murder. Without the support and skill of a seasoned Los Angeles first degree murder lawyer, your freedom and future are at stake. The consequences of a conviction are life-altering, and will cost you in terms of not only your freedom, but reputation and career. We urge you to contact us immediately at 310-914-2444 for a free consultation regarding your case.