What Is Murder?
Murder is a type of homicide in Victorville (PC 187). While most people think of the typical Hollywood killing, you could also face murder charges without planning to kill the victim. If you show a wanton disregard for human life, the prosecution could convict you of murder. A careless action can quickly destroy your hopes for the future.
At Wallin & Klarich, we don’t believe a single mistake should define you, and we also believe everyone is entitled to the best murder defense team. You don’t want to face the possibility of a conviction alone. Even with the odds stacked against you, it is possible to fight back. Contact our Victorville murder defense attorneys today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL for a free legal consultation!
Murder Versus Manslaughter | PC 187
The difference between murder and manslaughter is malice aforethought, which refers to your intention to kill at the time of the killing. For a murder conviction, the Victorville prosecutor must demonstrate that you acted with:
- Express malice: You clearly intended to kill the victim, for example, ambushing the victim and stabbing him for monetary gain.
- Implied malice: You understood the possible consequences of your actions but overlooked the danger and continued with your actions. For example, a police officer gets drunk, handles a firearm, and shoots someone.
First-Degree Murder in Victorville | PC 187
The prosecution files first-degree murder charges if there’s evidence of premeditation and deliberation. They’ll also attempt to show you acted with express malice (except for felony murder cases discussed below). The following circumstances automatically warrant first-degree murder charges in Victorville:
- Thinking and planning the killing. This can take place in a matter of seconds or much longer.
- Killing the alleged victim with a bomb or other explosive device.
- Lying in wait for the victim.
- Torturing the victim (PC 206).
- The court applies the felony murder rule to your case.
Premeditation & Deliberation
It’s crucial for you to understand that premeditation and deliberation can take place in a matter of seconds. For example, you’re charged with first-degree murder for shooting your victim. The prosecution could argue that you had time to think about the killing when you retrieved the gun from your basement. Suppose you shot him five times. They could also argue you had time between each shot to stop and think about the killing or call for help.
This is yet another reason to consult with our Victorville defense attorneys. We know how to challenge the prosecution’s false claims. Receive your free consultation and expert representation! Call us today for your free consultation!
Capital Murder | PC 187
We cannot overstate the gravity of a capital murder charge. If you face these charges, you must contact a skilled attorney immediately. The prosection pursues a capital murder conviction if your murder case involves any of the following:
- Motivation for financial gain
- Prejudice (hate crime)
- Murder of a police officer, firefighter, prosecutor, judge, juror, elected official, or court witness
- Drive-by shooting
- Involvement in a street gang
- Multiple victims
Changes To California Felony Murder Law | Senate Bill 1437
On January 1, 2019, Senate Bill 1437 made significant changes to California’s felony murder law. Now, the felony murder rule applies to special circumstances, including:
- You murder the alleged victim during the attempt or commission of a felony
- You help someone deliberately kill someone.
- You played a critical role in a felony, which involved “reckless indifference to human life.”
- You murdered a peace officer performing their duties.
First-degree Felony Murder
You may face first-degree felony charges if your actions directly caused an individual’s death during the attempt or commission of a dangerous felony in Victorville. While this list is not all-inclusive, the court can apply the new felony murder rule to any felony that presents a clear danger to human life, including the following crimes:
- Mayhem – PC 203
- Torture – PC 206
- Kidnapping – PC 207
- Carjacking – PC 215
- Train wrecking – PC 219
- Rape – PC 261
- Unlawful Sodomy – PC 286
- Illegal acts of oral copulation – PC 287
- Forcible acts of penetration – PC 289
- Lewd acts with a minor – PC 288
- Arson – PC 451
- Burglary – PC 459
- Robbery – PC 211
Second-Degree Murder in Victorville | PC 187
Second-degree murder is a lesser charge than the above crimes. However, you still face grave consequences if convicted. The prosecution typically files second-degree charges when they don’t believe there’s enough evidence for a first-degree conviction. The prosecution must prove implied malice or disregard for human life. The following situations are examples of second-degree murder:
- Firing a gun in traffic and killing someone
- Driving under the influence with previous DUIs and causing a fatal crash
- Hitting someone in the head and causing a fatal fracture
Second-Degree Felony Murder
The prosecution files second-degree felony murder charges in the following circumstances:
- Your case doesn’t fit the guidelines of first-degree murder.
- You caused a person’s death during a felony.
Victorville Murder Penalties | Consequences of Conviction
Murder is one of the most severe convictions anyone faces. With life-changing penalties threatening your freedom, you need a defense lawyer committed to proving your innocence. You’ll find the sentencing guidelines for murder below.
First-Degree Murder Penalties
- 25 years to life in state prison
Capital Murder Penalties
- Death (gas chamber or lethal injection)
- A life sentence without parole
Second-Degree Murder Penalties
- 15 years to life in prison with no possibility of parole
- 20 years to life if found guilty of murder involving a “drive-by shooting.”
- 25 years to life if found guilty of killing a peace officer
- Life in prison if found guilty of murdering a peace officer during an assault with a deadly weapon or firearm
Murder Defense Strategies | Defeat False Accusations
You face the battle of a lifetime defeating murder charges, and this is one you don’t want to face alone. At Wallin & Klarich, we help you through this difficult time. Our skilled murder defense lawyers and skilled investigators are devoted to your defense. We’ve defended clients accused of murder in Victorville for over 40 years. Below, you’ll find effective defense strategies that we’ve used in past murder cases.
Wallin & Klarich has protected many clients accused of murder after defending themselves. We’ll protect your right to self-defense. If the alleged victim made threats or made you fear for your life, we’ll search for evidence that supports this defense. For this defense to be successful, we must demonstrate that you:
- Feared death or great bodily harm
- Reasonably believed the alleged victim was going to severely injure or kill you
- Believed deadly force was the only way to stop the attack
- Used only necessary force to stop the direct threat.
The prosecution must establish your state of mind at the time of the killing. The state can’t convict you of murder if they can’t prove you intended to kill the alleged victim through express or implied malice.
We could use this defense if you were involved in an accidental killing, like a gun accident. Your attorney will argue that you didn’t act with disregard for human life or intent to kill. If successful, the prosecutor may reduce or dismiss your charges.
Killing In The Heat Of Passion
We argue the heat of passion defense in cases where a heated argument led to murder. Your skilled attorney must argue that your actions resulted from the alleged victim’s provocation. The court could reduce your murder charge to voluntary manslaughter, significantly decreasing your penalties from a possible life sentence to 11 years in prison.
For example, a woman cates her spouse having an affair. The lover confronts the wife, causing rage and distorting her judgment. The wife shoots the lover. We must prove the lover’s provocation caused the wife to shoot before thinking. In addition to this, our argument must stress that any person would’ve reacted the same way.
Choosing A Top Murder Defense Attorney | We’ll Fight For You
With so many defense lawyers competing for your attention, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or hire the wrong one. When you choose a murder defense attorney, you need to evaluate what they can do for you. Do they have experience and a solid track record defending clients accused of murder? Are your best interests their priority? Don’t just take their word for it. Consider how they make you feel as well. Wallin & Klarich has years of experience fighting complex legal battles. It’s easy for us to articulate what we bring to the table that separates us from other Victorville defense firms. We are known for the following characteristics:
- Trusted Legal Advocates
- Exceptional Negotiators
- 40+ Years of Practice
- Specialized Legal Expertise
Trusted Legal Advocates | The Wallin & Klarich Difference
You need to be able to trust your murder defense attorney. It’s bad enough you have to worry about the prosecution without having to wonder about your defense team. With Wallin & Klarich, you never have to question our loyalty. You’ll always receive one-on-one attention and genuine care when you visit our office. We are here for you when you need us, and we’re always prepared to fight for your best interests.
Exceptional Negotiators | 40+ Years of Success
You also need a murder defense lawyer who understands the best way to negotiate inside and outside of court. We’ve honed our negotiation skills during our 40+ years of practice, and we continue to strive for excellence. Find out how our expert negotiators can help you beat a wrongful murder conviction in Victorville, CA. Contact us today toll-free at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free consultation with a local criminal defense attorney that you can trust!
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