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Murder Defense Attorneys in Dublin

We are proud to defend those accused of felony and violent crimes in Dublin and the surrounding areas, including the charge of murder. Our team has fearlessly defended countless clients during their most dire times. We know how complicated these cases can be, so we devote our time and energy to investigating your case. 

Murder Laws in California

According to the law, murder is the intentional killing of another person with malice aforethought (premeditation). Because this crime is associated with intent, the judge will evaluate the evidence and determine whether the accused acted on an impulse or if there was a plan. This is different from manslaughter in that the killing resulted from a plan instead of a decision in the moment. 

Malice aforethought or the intent to kill can be applied to cases where the accused allegedly inflicted bodily harm until the point of death, or they behaved in a way that clearly shows a disregard for life. 

Classification of Murder Charges

There are also two classifications of murder: first-degree and second-degree murder. The distinctions between the two vary from state to state, but generally, first-degree murder involves the intentional killing of another person. Second-degree murders are less malicious and may not involve forethought or planning. 

In California, the penal code outlines specific methods of destruction that count toward a first-degree charge. A crime may be charged as first-degree murder if it involves the following:  

  • Explosives 
  • Use of ammunition intended to penetrate armor or metal
  • Poison
  • Waiting for the victim
  • Torture

First-degree murders may also occur during another crime like arson or kidnapping. All other murders are of the second degree. 

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Punishment for Murder

The penalties for murder depend on the degree. In general, first-degree murder may result in a sentence of: 

  • 25 years to life in prison
  • Life imprisonment without parole
  • Death 

It should be noted that the death penalty is suspended in California, but it is still in the penal code.

Specific circumstances surrounding a homicide could also determine how the defendant is sentenced. For example, any murder by way of an explosive or for financial gain is punishable by life imprisonment without the chance for parole. 

Second-degree murder is punishable by: 

  • 15 years to life in prison 
  • 20 years to life if the victim was killed by a firearm fired from a moving vehicle
  • 25 years to life if the victim was a police officer 

Second-degree murder charges are also based on the existence of a prior criminal record. In other words, if the accused has a history of violent crime, the judge may sentence them more harshly. 

Your Case Is Never Hopeless

If you have been accused of murder in California, your fate may seem sealed. You are probably feeling apprehensive and anxious about the future, but know that your case is never hopeless with Thompson • Garcia Law on your side. 

Thompson • Garcia Law leaves no stone unturned so you can be sure that our team is on your side. Don’t leave your future to chance and entrust your case to our experienced legal professionals. 

Fearless Defenders for Over 65 Years

Being accused of any crime can be devastating. Not only is your future at risk, but your freedom is in jeopardy. Few crimes have the power to destroy your reputation like murder, but you deserve legal representation. 

At Thompson • Garcia Law, our Dublin murder defense lawyers firmly believe that the right strategies are not always the most common. Our team of efficient, highly skilled legal professionals leave no stone unturned and look for the strategy that is aimed for success. 

Murder cases are rarely straightforward, so a unique approach is often the most optimal one. When you choose our Dublin murder defense attorneys, you can be sure that we will explore every option and investigate every detail to pursue the most optimal result. 

Schedule your free consultation with our Dublin attorneys today.

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