Murder Law in California - Penal Code 187 PC
In the area of violent crimes, the act of murder under California Penal Code 187 PC is perhaps the most significant and serious crime anyone can be accused and charged with.
Whether deliberately or by a dreadful mistake, the action of taking another individual's life is prosecuted and punished forcefully, with your life literally being on the line.
You need to immediately contact a criminal defense attorney, as a conviction of murder in the State of California can send you to prison for the rest of your life.
The charge of murder falls under different categories such as:
- Premeditated or first degree murder
- Second Degree murder, not considered intentional
- What is called a lawful killing – such as an act by police or yourself in a serious or life-threatening situation
The penalties are severe for a murder conviction, ranging from 15 years to life in prison. You may also not be aware that the State of California is one of the 35 other states that still, depending on the evidence and severity of the murder conviction, hand down the death penalty.
California's 10-20-Life, “Use a Gun and You're Done” law which list mandatory minimum prison sentences if you use a firearm during specific violent felony crimes.
With your freedom and possibly your life at stake, it is crucial to have a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side. The law firm of Cron, Israels & Stark will give you unequaled legal representation in fighting a murder charge that has been leveled against you.
Learn the common defenses in California murder and attempted murder charges.
Our initial free consultation allows you to come in and discuss all your legal options in a non-stressful environment. Call today to set up an appointment; we can help you fight your murder charges.
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If you have been arrested and are now facing criminal charges for murder, you have the right to speak to your legal counsel first.
You do not need to discuss anything with the police; in fact it is in your best interest not to do so. California self-defense laws allows you to protect yourself in certain situations.
The best defense is started as early as possible and with factors such as evidence collection and how it was handled, all charges could be dropped against you.
It is essential to build a strong defense on your behalf, especially if you are not guilty of the charges. You have options; find out what they are by contacting our law firm.
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