Santa Barbara Murder Defense Attorneys
Dedicated to Protecting the Rights, Reputations & Freedom of Our Clients
There’s no question about it, murder is the most serious
violent crime a person can ever face. Before the trial even begins, you may be already
be considered guilty in the eyes of the public due to the negative media
coverage surrounding your case. In California, being guilty of homicide
can result in the death penalty. That is why it is imperative that you
seek an experienced, skilled and reliable criminal defense attorney.
Appel & Morse, our legal team is dedicated to helping you get the justice you deserve. As
former deputy district attorneys who have prosecuted a variety of cases, we have a thorough understanding
of how criminal prosecutions work and can provide you with the upper hand
necessary to obtain your desired outcome.
In California, homicide may be prosecuted in the first degree or second
degree. While both include demonstrating malice aforethought, which refers
to the suspected individual’s state of mind, first degree murder
must involve premeditation, deliberation or deliberate planning, as well
as intent to kill. Second degree murder also involves an intention to
kill, but the killing doesn’t involve any planning or premeditation.
However, second degree murder is a kill caused by dangerous conduct and
the lack of concern for human life.
The following are the possible penalties for first degree murder:
- State prison sentence between 25 years and life
- Life imprisonment in state prison without the possibility of parole
- Death penalty
The following are the possible penalties for second degree murder:
- State prison sentence between 15 years and life
- State prison sentence between 20 years and life, if the offender used a
firearm from an automobile
- State prison sentence between 25 years and life, if the victim of the crime
was a peace officer
Let Our Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Lawyers Fight For You!
over 30 years of collective legal experience, we possess the extensive knowledge of the state legal system and court
proceedings to help you navigate through the complexities of your case. Our
Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers can conduct a comprehensive investigation into your case, gathering and
analyzing evidence collected by police in order to develop an aggressive
and personalize strategy for you. Do not hesitate to get the devoted legal
assistance necessary to get your freedom back.
Contact our firm and schedule a
complimentary consultation today.