First degree murder has the harshest penalties of any crime in the criminal justice system. If accused of this type of crime, it is vital that you retain experienced and competent legal counsel as quickly as possible. At our firm, we have 20 years of experience and defend clients who face violent crime charges. We understand what is at stake in your case, and our attorneys are prepared to work tirelessly to defend your rights.
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We provide trustworthy legal counsel for defendants facing charges of first degree murder in the state. We are aggressive attorneys who have handled thousands of felony cases in recent years alone. Call us now to schedule your free initial consultation. Se habla Español.
What is First Degree Murder?
Like many states, California classifies murder crimes by degree. First-degree murder is the intentional taking of a human life with "malice aforethought," meaning, the intent to harm or kill. Another aspect of first-degree murders in this state is premeditation. This means that the killing was precisely thought out and planned.
We at David Lehr Law have handled many first degree murder cases and we understand the seriousness of the penalties against you. Let our highly qualified and successful legal team build a solid defense for you.
Our head attorney worked as a state prosecutor for over a decade, and knows how the prosecution thinks, and how they will tackle your case. With that in mind, we can work to figure out the best possible defense for your scenario, in light of what the prosecution would likely present.
Penalties for First Degree Murder
Whether police accuse you of first or second-degree murder, justifiable homicide or attempted murder, you need to consult with a lawyer as quickly as possible. In this state, a conviction for first-degree murder usually results in life imprisonment with the possibility of parole to a death sentence.
However the courts in our state believe that certain special circumstances warrant harsher punishment. For example, first-degree murder that occurs while the offender is lying in wait is punished by 25 years to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Lying in wait means that you hid and waited, captured the victim and murdered him or her at another location.
In addition, you may receive 25 years to life imprisonment if you commit any of a long list of felonies while committing first-degree murder. For example, if you commit a kidnapping, arson or burglary and first-degree murder, the court considers your case to involve special circumstances and may deny your ability to be paroled.
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