Los Angeles Murder Attorney
Criminal Defense for Serious Felony Offenses
First-degree murder is the crime of killing someone with malice aforethought,
meaning that the act was premeditated or predetermined in some way. A
person can also be charged with first-degree murder for killing someone
in the commission of another crime, even if the murder wasn't intended.
Second-degree murder is the crime of killing a person in anger without
The crime of first-degree murder is punishable by death (capital punishment)
in specific circumstances, such as the following:
Explanation of California Murder Laws
Murder is defined under California Penal Code §187 as the intentional
killing of another being; it, however, is important to note that murder, unlike
manslaughter, mandates that the criminal act occur with "malicious aforethought"
to be classified as murder. To be considered under the law, it is also
important to note that the malice must have been expressed or implied
by the defendant.
This can be done either through deliberate intention or when there are
no other extenuating circumstances for which the defendant was provoked.
In the state of California, a person can also be charged with murder simply
for the killing of a fetus as well.
The law, however, exempts the following:
- Those acting under the Therapeutic Abortion Act
- Certified physicians and surgeons acting to save the mother's life
- Those who were solicited, aided or consented by the mother
Murder cases are extremely complex and require the skills of a dedicated
legal team with considerable courtroom experience. Our firm has extensive
knowledge and will aggressively challenge the prosecution's evidence.
We are tough litigators in capital crime cases and will be staunch defenders
of your rights. No matter whether we are arguing self-defense or whether
the defendant was significantly provoked, you can be confident knowing
that we will stop at nothing to protect you.