Ventura Murder Defense Attorneys
Murder Charges in California
Murder is possibly the most serious charge that a person can face. Depending on the circumstances, you may be sentenced to life in prison if proven guilty. Since murder cases are prosecuted with the highest level of aggression, it is imperative that you retain the services of an equally aggressive criminal defense team. If you have been accused of murder, The Law Offices of Bamieh & Erickson, PLC may be able to help you seek acquittal.
Our awards and experience have allowed us to handle some of the largest cases in Ventura County, establishing our place as trusted criminal defense attorneys. Having tried over 250 cases, we are prepared to use our legal background and skill to craft a strong defense to improve your chances of a desirable outcome.
Choosing a solid criminal defense team for your murder case is possibly the greatest decision of your life. Our English and Spanish speaking attorneys can help – call (805) 651-3133.
Elements of a Murder Charge
As opposed to manslaughter, murder cases involve determining intent. Murder cases require the determination of “malice aforethought,” or the defendant’s state of mind at the time of the incident. In California, murder cases can be classified under two different categories: first degree and second degree.
First degree murder cases involve the specific intent to end another person’s life, with deliberate planning and premeditation taking place before the time of the killing. This is the most serious type of murder charge. Several different scenarios can all result in a charge of first degree murder, including:
- The killing of a child through the use of force
- Killings committed after an established pattern of abuse
- The killing of a police officer
- Homicides committed during robbery, rape, or other violent crimes
Second degree murder is often described as the middle ground between first-degree murder and manslaughter, as it involves the killing of another person without premeditation. It can also be a killing that is caused due to the defendant’s lack of concern for human life and dangerous conduct.
Scenarios that can be classified as second degree murder include:
- An impulsive killing without premeditation
- A killing resulting from another action intending to cause harm
- A killing showing lack of care for the lives of others
Both of these classifications are serious offenses that can lead to lengthy prison sentences. For a second degree murder conviction, 15 years to life in prison is typical. First degree murder can result in a 25 year to life sentence. Either way, aggressive legal representation is necessary in order to attempt to achieve a desirable outcome.
Contact Our Murder Defense Attorneys Today
While a public defender’s services may sometimes be free, they are oftentimes overworked and are rarely personally invested in their clients’ cases. At The Law Offices of Bamieh & Erickson, PLC, we are fully prepared to spend the necessary amount of time to help you build a strong defense aimed at reducing your sentence and possibly having your charges dropped. With constant communication, empathy, and superb legal knowledge, we are prepared to stand by your side throughout this difficult time and give you a hard-hitting defense. Your future is your biggest concern – make sure it’s in capable hands.