Few crimes carry as severe penalties as murder charges. When you have been arrested and accused of murder, you can expect your entire life to be upheaved. The consequences of a murder conviction could haunt you for the rest of your life. It is essential that you have an aggressive California murder lawyer defending you.
Here is more about what you will need to know as you face California murder charges. Make sure you contact the Law Offices of Graham D. Donath for a confidential case review.
Under CA Penal Code § 189, murder is the act of causing death to another person. In order for you to be convicted of murder, the prosecuting attorney will need to be able to prove that you acted in malice, also known as malice aforethought, and with an intent to kill.
There are two primary types of murder charges in California. First-degree murder and second-degree murder. If you have been accused of first-degree murder, you have been accused of willfully and deliberately killing someone with premeditation.
First-degree murder charges may also apply in cases of other felonies where a person succumbed to injuries such as rape, arson, assault, and other felony crimes. Second-degree murder charges encompass all other types of killings, except in cases of capital murder.
If you are convicted of murder in California, you could face severe penalties. Depending on the details of your case, if you are convicted of first-degree or second-degree murder, you could spend twenty-five years to life in prison, or even be sentenced to death.
Many people are anxious to post bail after they have been arrested. But the only way that you can post bail is if the judge grants bail in your case. If you are facing murder charges, your attorney will need to work with the judge to see if bail can be arranged. Some of the ways your criminal defense lawyer can help you get bail for murder charges in California Include
If you have been arrested on murder charges in California, it is critical that you exercise your rights. Many people have suffered severe criminal penalties when they fail to understand and exercise their rights after being questioned and charged with a crime. Here is what to do if you have been accused of murder:
Even if you think speaking with police will clear up the murder charges against you, it may be well-advised for you to remain silent until you have the opportunity to speak with your murder lawyer about the details of your case.
Now that you have a basic understanding of what to expect as you face the murder charges against you, it is time to take action. Get an experienced California murder attorney at the Law Offices of Graham D. Donath to represent you. We may be able to help you get your charges reduced or dismissed depending on the circumstances of your case.
Schedule your initial consultation when you contact our Riverside office at 951-667-5293 or our Orange County office at 714-758-5293. Or, fill out our secured contact form and we will reach out to you to find out more about the murder charges against you.