HOMICIDE ATTORNEY IN FRESNO
CHARGED WITH MURDER? CALL OUR FIRM NOW!
Without a doubt, murder is the gravest of all criminal offenses. Whether someone plans ahead to end a person’s life or does so in the spur of the moment, the United States Government does not take such crimes lightly. Homicide can be committed in either the second degree or the first degree, and the penalties vary depending on the verdict. Regardless of whether or not you are guilty of such a violent crime, contact a Fresno criminal defense lawyer today to ensure that you are not punished for a crime you did not commit.
PENALTIES FOR MURDER IN CALIFORNIA
All definitions and penalties for murder are listed in California Penal Code § 187-199. When a person intentionally kills someone “in the heat of passion,” it is murder in the second degree. An example of second degree homicide would be when a man walks in to find his wife with another man and kills him in a fit of anger. The penalty for second degree murder is a prison sentence of 15 years to life as found in Pen. Code § 190. The sentence is increased to 25-to-life in the event that the victim was a peace officer, or a life sentence without parole if the murder of the officer was intentional.
Murder in the first degree requires premeditation, meaning that the offender had been planning to kill the victim before they committed the homicide. Punishment for first degree murder is death or life in prison without parole as found in Pen. Code § 190. If you are facing charges of such a crime, speak with a criminal defense attorney immediately to start building your defense. Otherwise, you may face life in prison or the death sentence.
HIRE A FRESNO HOMICIDE LAWYER
Sawl Law Group could aggressively defend you from false charges of homicide. We have more than 40 years of combined experience and have tried hundreds of cases, which has given us extensive experience and resources to utilize on your behalf. Find out more by calling today for a free case evaluation. We would love to speak with you and determine what course of action you should take.