Los Angeles Homicide Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with homicide in Los Angeles or elsewhere in the State of California, please contact Los Angeles Homicide Defense Attorney at The H Law Group to defend you or your loved one. Homicide is the most serious and most vigorously prosecuted crime in Los Angeles, California. If convicted of intentional homicide, an individual can spend the remainder of his life behind bars, and in some cases, an individual can be sentenced to death. In California, there are a few types of homicide that an individual can be charged with, and they include the following: voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, second-degree murder, and first-degree murder. So, what exactly is homicide? And where can you find the best homicide attorney in Los Angeles? We will explain this in much detail below.
What is Homicide?
In Los Angeles, California, homicide refers to the lawful or unlawful killing of another person. Homicide includes voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, and murder. Not all killings are unlawful, in some circumstances, the killing of another person is justified, such as in the situation where the killing is done in self-defense when a person is faced with imminent great bodily injury or death.
Murder is the most serious crime that an individual can commit in the United States. California Penal Code (CPC) Section 187, which makes it a crime for a person to intentionally kill another person without lawful justification. For example, if a person takes out his gun and shoots another person, killing that person, he can be charged with murder under CPC Section 187 PC. This is so because the defendant intentionally took out his gun to kill another person and succeeded in killing his victim.
Second Degree Murder
Second-degree murder is a murder that is committed by a person who acted so recklessly that he knew there was a good chance that his action can result in the death of another person. For example, if a person shoots his rifle into a crowded area not intending to kill anyone, he may be convicted of second-degree murder because the act of shooting a rifle in a crowded area is so reckless that the shooter should have known that his conduct can and probably will result in the death of another person. If you have been charged with second-degree murder, you should immediately contact Los Angeles Homicide Defense Lawyer at The H Law Group to defend you and keep you from going to jail for a very very long time.
Under California Penal Code Section 192 PC, manslaughter is the unintentional but unlawful killing of another person. Manslaughter is different than murder in that although the defendant killed another person, the killing was done as a result of an accident or heat of passion. Manslaughter is a serious crime, but not as serious as murder because the person does not have the requisite mental state to commit murder.
California Penal Code Section 192(a) PC makes it a crime for an individual to kill another person even though the person who committed the killing did so without planning the killing beforehand. The most common example that is given to explain this type of killing is as follows: A man walks into his home and finds his wife in bed with another man, the man proceeds to kill either his wife or the man she was in bed with. In this circumstance, the appropriate charge for the person who committed the killing is manslaughter because the killing was unplanned and occurs spontaneously as a result of a heat of passion that made him less culpable than someone who premeditates the killing of another person.
California Penal Code Section 192(b) PC makes it a crime for an individual to kill another person as a result of an accident, negligence, or recklessness. The best example of this is a person who is driving 20 mph over the speed limits causes an accident that results in the death of another person. In this situation, the appropriate charge would be involuntary manslaughter because the driver did not have the intent to kill, but rather killed another person as a result of an accident.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Homicide Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with homicide in Los Angeles or elsewhere in the State of California, contact Los Angeles Homicide Defense Attorney at The H Law Group to defend you and fight for you. Our homicide attorneys and lawyers have defended numerous individuals charged with homicide, so they know how to achieve the best possible results for you. At the beginning of every case, our homicide lawyers look to determine whether a dismissal is possible, if a dismissal is not possible, they will try to have the charges against you lowered to a lesser criminal offense. Overall, they will do all that they can to negotiate the best possible plea deal for you. Schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form or below or by calling us at (213) 370-0404.