October 12, 2023 By Paul Wallin

“Heat Of Passion” Defense

The heat of passion defense is one of the defenses available to those accused of committing a crime in California. It’s based on the principle that a person who acts in the heat of passion, without sufficient time for their passion to cool, and with an honest and reasonable belief that their actions were necessary for self-defense or defense of another, should not be held liable for the crime. In order for this defense to be successful, it must be proven that there was an immediate provocation, and that the person acted in response without sufficient time for their passion to cool. 

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Can a Heat of Passion Defense Help Your Case?

In California, when the heat of passion defense is successful, it usually results in a reduced charge or sentence. This is because the court recognizes that while an act may have been wrong, it was done with legitimate cause. In order to prove this defense in court, the accused must demonstrate that their reaction was reasonable and proportional to the provocation they received. It’s important for both sides to remember that the burden of proof is always on the prosecution, meaning they have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in the heat of passion. 

When preparing for court proceedings involving a heat of passion defense, it’s important to work closely with an experienced defense attorney who can help you present your case effectively. With their help, you may be able to successfully argue that your actions were taken in the heat of passion and therefore should not be held criminally liable. 

No matter what charges you are facing, it’s important to have an experienced defense attorney on your side. An attorney can help you understand the different defenses available to you, and provide advice on how best to present your case in court. With the help of a knowledgeable attorney, you may be able to successfully argue your heat of passion defense and potentially have charges against you reduced or dismissed. 

Our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 40 years of experience defending cases like yours. We know the best defenses to use to get the best possible outcome for your case. Plus, we offer exceptional service, experience, and affordable payment options to help you manage the cost of hiring a defense attorney.

Contact Wallin & Klarich Today 

If you have been accused of any type of murder, you need an aggressive defense attorney to fight for your freedom. With 40+ years of experience, our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have helped thousands of clients win their cases or get their charges reduced to a lesser degree. We know the most effective defenses to argue on your behalf, and we will do everything in our power to help you achieve the best possible result in your case. 

You may not be aware of all your options. Calling our office costs you nothing, but picking up the phone could be the difference between years in prison and years of freedom. Let our skilled attorneys examine your case to find the best way to avoid prison.Discover how our team can assist you. Contact us today, toll-free at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free consultation with a skilled defense attorney.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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