A California attempted murder charge can result in a
sentence up to life in prison. The crime is charged under California Penal Code
Section 664/187 (PC 664/187). Additional allegations will often be added to
this charge, including allegations for gang involvement, use of a weapon, or
the infliction of great bodily injury (GBI). An attempted murder charge in Los
Angeles or Orange County is a serious matter that requires an experienced
criminal defense attorney. As a former prosecutor and now as a defense
attorney, I have experience handling numerous Los Angeles attempted murders.
Call or email today to schedule a time to meet in person or over the phone so I
can learn more details about your case. Below is some additional information
specifically about a California attempted murder charge.
HOW WILL THE GOVERNMENT TRY TO PROVE AN ATTEMPTED MURDER?
An attempted murder in California will require the
prosecution to prove essentially the same elements as murder but with the
change that the murder was not completed. Essentially, the elements are that a
defendant took a direct step towards killing another person and had the
specific intent to kill that person. An attempted murder in Los Angeles can be
charged in the first or second degree, just as murder can be charged. For more
information on how degrees are determined, please click on the “Murder” tab
under practice areas.
An Inglewood defendant is arrested by the
Inglewood Police Department. The Inglewood defendant is accused of shooting
another person in the chest one time at close range. The other person is injured
but survives. The district attorney’s office is likely to charge the defendant
with attempted murder in the Inglewood Courthouse and add an allegation for
discharging a firearm and causing great bodily injury.
A Torrance defendant is arrested by the Torrance
Police Department. The Torrance defendant is accused of attacking another
person with a baseball bat. During the incident, witnesses claim that the
defendant was saying that he was going to kill the other person and then
striking the other person in the head with the bat. The other individual is
injured but lived. Due to the alleged words and actions of the defendant, it is
likely the Los Angeles prosecutor’s office will charge the defendant with
attempted murder in the Torrance Courthouse.
DEFENSES TO ATTEMPTED MURDER
The defense to an attempted murder in Los Angeles or Orange
County can focus on either factual or legal issues. Depending on the details of
the case, I will craft a strategy that best fits the individual case. At times,
this may involve a strategy of arguing that you or your loved one is simply not
guilty of any crime. At other times, the strategy may be to argue that this is
an assault and not an attempted murder. The difference between those two
charges can mean the difference between a life sentence in California prison or
a sentence that allows a defendant to remain with their family.
TRIAL ON ATTEMPTED MURDER
A trial on attempted murder in Los Angeles or the
surrounding area is simply not within the capabilities of most Los Angeles
criminal defense attorneys. I have actual experience with attempted murder
cases in Los Angeles at every stage from arraignment through a full jury trial.
Contact me today so I can learn more about the details of your particular case
and so that you can learn more about my experience, education , and skills that
allow me to be one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles.