San Fernando Murder Attorney
Murder Criminal Defense Attorneys: California Penal Code Section 187
If you or your loved one has been charged with the Crime of Murder, you need a criminal defense attorney immediately. Too often people call a lawyer AFTER they’ve already talked to the police. You should know that you have the right not to talk to the police. We will contact the police on your behalf! We have many years of experience negotiating with police and prosecutors which we will use to get the best result possible for you. We have our own on-site private investigator that will help us to get the most complete story rather than relying on the police conducted investigation. Through our private investigation and early intervention in your case, we may be able to convince the prosecutor that their case is weak, which may lead to rejection or dismissal of Murder charges.
Aggressive Defense to Murder Charges in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County
In California murder is defined as causing the death of another individual with the presence of malice aforethought. The punishment is life in prison. With such severe consequences it is important that if you or your loved one has been charged for murder that you contact an experienced defense attorney immediately.
At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, our years of experience with murder cases throughout California will be of great advantage to you. There are many defenses to a murder charge and depending on the circumstances of your individual case we will help you to appropriately defend the charges. Our criminal defense attorneys are former prosecutors who know where the problems of proof lie in the government’s case. Recently, our defense lawyers proved a client was Not Guilty (by reason of insanity) in a month-long murder trial at the Van Nuys Courthouse.
California Murder Laws, Penal Code Section 187
In California, in order for the defendant to be found guilty of murder the prosecution must show: (1) that the defendant committed an act that caused the death of another person or fetus, (2) that when the defendant acted, he or she acted with the presence of malice aforethought, and (3) that the defendant killed without any lawful excuse or justification.
In California, a killing can be reduced to a voluntary manslaughter charge if the killing was committed in the heat of passion or out of a sudden quarrel. This significantly reduces the possible punishment. A murder charge carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison, while a voluntary manslaughter carries the possibility of probation. Voluntary manslaughter is established if: (1) the defendant was provoked, (2) as a result of such provocation the defendant acted impulsively and under the influence of intense emotion that clouded his reasoning, and (3) the provocation was something that would have caused a person of average disposition to act similarly from passion rather than judgment.
We specialize in aggressively defending Penal Code 187, Murder, charges in the following courthouses: Van Nuys, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Sylmar Juvenile and Los Angeles. If you have been charged with a serious criminal offense, call the criminal defense attorneys at Eisner & Gorin, LLP, at (877) 781-1570. Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case issues and advise you of your legal options before you go to court.
Contact the law firm today and receive an immediate response to your inquiry! Our main office is directly across the street from the Van Nuys Courthouse and Van Nuys LAPD Jail.