Murder Attorney California
California Penal Code Section 187 PC makes it a crime for a person to unlawfully kill a human being with malice aforethought. The malice requirement is satisfied if the defendant acted with the specific intent to kill or he acted with such recklessness that he knew there was a high probability that his conduct will result in the death of another person. The prosecution can charge murder as either first degree premeditated murder or second-degree murder.
If a person is convicted of first-degree murder, he faces twenty-five (25) years to life in California State Prison. On the other hand, if a person is convicted of second-degree murder, he faces fifteen (15) years to life in California State Prison. So, if you have been charged with murder in Los Angeles or elsewhere in the State of California, you should contact an experiencer murder defense attorney at The H Law Group to defend you.
We have handled murder cases, and have been able to achieve excellent results for our clients. Schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at 1 (213) 370-0404.
Text of California Penal code Section 187 PC – Murder
According to California Penal Code Section 187 PC, “Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought.”
The prosecution usually brings first-degree murder charges in the following circumstances:
- The defendant’s actions were deliberate and premeditated
- The defendant used poison to commit murder
- The defendant was lying in wait to kill his victim
- The defendant tortured his victim before killing him or her
- The defendant committed murder by using a destructive device or weapon of mass destruction
- The defendant is charged with felony murder – for a murder that occurred during the commission of a certain felony