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California Murder Lawyers – Penal Code 187

Are You in Need of a Murder Attorney in California?

Murder is a very serious crime that is prosecuted aggressively in California. A murder conviction in the 2nd degree can result in 15 years to life in prison. Your punishment is significantly increased if you are convicted of first degree murder or capital murder. That is why it is essential for you to hire an experienced murder defense attorney if you are being charged with murder in California.

Why Hire Wallin & Klarich?

logosThe success of our murder defense firm has helped us achieve the highest of merits, including a 5 out of 5 AV rating on Lawyers.com, a 10 out of 10 rating on AVVO.com, and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

For over 30 years, the murder lawyers at Wallin & Klarich have helped many people like you who have been charged with murder. Here are just a few testimonials provided by some of our previous clients who wanted to share their stories:

“I was referred to Wallin & Klarich after being charged with 1st Degree Murder along with 2 other defendants as a result of a drug deal gone bad in Riverside County. I was roped into the thumping of a friend at the hands of crazed parolee and his sidekick. I feared for my life at the time and didn’t stop them even though I should have. I will regret that decision the rest of my life as they beat my friend to death and left him for dead in an abandoned field wrapped in a tarp. Wallin & Klarich made tireless efforts to prepare my defense and pushed hard for a reduced charge and sentence along with my testimony against the others….but to no avail. I was prepared to take responsibility for my actions but we were forced to go to trial. The trial lasted a month with countless witnesses being called. Wallin & Klarich aggressively cross-examined the DA’s witnesses and in closing argued to the jury that I had acted out of fear and duress. Wallin & Klarich presented a reasonable and plausible defense….they presented the facts without the hype! In the end, my co-defendants were found guilty of all of the charges and the jury deadlocked on my charges, which would lead to a possible 2nd trial. With that knowledge, the DA’s finally backed off the 1st degree murder charges and offered me a lesser charge to avoid a 2nd trial. After lengthy discussions with my attorney and family, I accepted the plea bargain….which is what we had been striving for before trial. I would recommend Wallin & Klarich to others charges with serious crimes.”



“I was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder for the killing of a man and Attempted Murder of another in a connection with a gang-related shooting in a neighborhood in San Bernardino County. Even though the evidence was stacked against me and I was facing 2 LIFE terms, my family took the chance on hiring a private attorney. We were referred to Wallin & Klarich. Wallin & Klarich assigned one of its partners to my case. After lengthy discussions and analysis of the evidence and law, my attorney advised me that the best we could hope for getting the charges reduced to voluntary manslaughter, which would prevent any LIFE terms and give me a chance at life again after serving a determinate sentence. I agreed and was very happy to hear that I had a chance to redeem myself after serving my punishment as the other inmates and the public defender didn’t give me any hope at all of seeing the light of day. After several months of aggressive negotiations, Wallin & Klarich was able to attain a plea bargain to voluntary manslaughter and a determinate sentence! I was able to avoid LIFE in prison and look forward my rehabilitation and eventual release at a relative young age still. Thank you Wallin & Klarich for believing in me.”



“I was verbally assaulted with a friend outside a taco shop in Los Angeles County. In fear of our safety, I went to my car and pulled out a gun I use for security at work and shot one of the assailants. I was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder and was facing LIFE in prison. I hired Wallin & Klarich to represent me. Wallin & Klarich worked aggressively to build my defense. I knew I should have just left the scene when I got in my car to get my gun as I had time to do so, but I wasn’t of my right mind at the time and just responded to the verbal assault in the manner I did. I was willing to accept some responsibility but not LIFE in prison! In the end, Wallin & Klarich attained an offer to plead to assault with a weapon and be placed on PROBATION! I snapped that up right away and have been home enjoying my wife and children ever since. Wallin & Klarich gave me my family back. Thank you.”


Call Wallin & Klarich Today

You can place your trust in Wallin & Klarich. Our knowledgeable California murder lawyers are committed to defending your rights and your freedom. Call us today for immediate help on your murder case.

For more information on murder laws, read below or simply pick up the phone and speak to one of our skilled murder attorneys today.

Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free telephone consultation.


What are the murder laws in California under Penal Code 187?

Under California Penal Code Section 187 (PC 187), murder is defined as causing the death of another person or fetus with malice aforethought. If you or a loved one is being charged with violating murder laws in California, you must contact an experienced murder lawyer at Wallin & Klarich today.

“Malice aforethought” is defined as:

  1. The conscious intent to cause death or great bodily harm to another person before committing the crime. Such malice is a required element to prove first or second degree murder.
  2. A general evil and depraved state of mind in which the person is unconcerned for the lives of others.

What if the murder was accidental and not premeditated

California law does not require that you planned or premeditated to murder someone, nor does the law require that you harbored animosity towards the victim. You can be charged with second-degree murder even if you did not plan or premeditate the killing.

In this section, the lawyers at Wallin & Klarich wish to share with you how you can be prosecuted for murder (“homicide”). We will also cover possible defenses to this crime and the range of sentencing you may face upon a criminal conviction for violation of PC 187. We will include some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on California murder laws and conclude with some testimonials from previous clients.

Prosecution for Murder in California

The prosecution must prove three distinct elements beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict you of murder:

  1. Your actions caused the death of another person or fetus; and
  2. Your mental state at the time of the act constituted malice aforethought, and
  3. You had no valid excuse or justification for your actions

Defenses to Murder in California

There are several defenses that a skilled attorney can use in your murder case.

The highly skilled and knowledgeable  murder attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have successfully defended many clients charged with homicide in California for over 30 years. There are a number of successful, possible defenses to murder charges in California. These defenses include:

  • Self-Defense/Defense of Others
  • Insanity
  • Mistaken Identity
  • Factual Impossibility
  • Accidental Killing
  • Killing in the Heat of Passion
  • Citizen’s Arrest (Preserving the Peace)

Sentencing and Punishment for a Murder Conviction in California

Sentencing and punishment for a murder conviction in California is severe. You may be exposed to a life without the possibility of parole (“LWOP”) sentence in state prison or possibly the death penalty. You may also face a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court, which may lead to monetary damages in the amount of millions of dollars owed to the family of the victim(s).

Consulting with an experienced and aggressive murder lawyer in the earliest stages of investigation or upon arrest is the most effective way to avoid these potentially life-altering penalties.

Speak to an experienced murder lawyer at Wallin & Klarich today

The murder lawyers at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience handling murder cases in Orange County, Los Angeles, Torrance, Sherman Oaks, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville.  Our team of seasoned litigators has the knowledge and expertise to structure and implement your most effective defense. If you or someone you love is facing murder charges, you need to contact an attorney at Wallin & Klarich today. We can provide you with most aggressive defense possible and help you win your case.

Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL (466-5245) for a free telephone consultation.

We will get through this together.

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