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Defending Against Murder Charges in California

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.

At 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.

What are the Penalties For Murder in California?

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

Contact Our Murder Attorney in Santa Barbara Today

With over 40 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.

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At Appel & Morse, we work to ensure our clients understand what is happening with their cases and how to best defend their interests. Our mission is to obtain the best results based on a true understanding of each client's unique circumstances.