Modesto Homicide & Murder Defense Lawyer

California Homicide/Murder Charges & Sentencing Laws

Malicious intent is key in a first or second-degree murder conviction, and includes the intent to kill, lying in wait for someone with the intent to kill, and any murder that uses a destructive explosion or device. Capital murder has the most severe punishments of any charge in California, including the death penalty and life in prison without parole.

Second-degree murder also includes malicious intent but is not deliberate or premeditated. The sentencing is lighter than capital or first-degree murder. Because this offense still involves malicious intent, a second-degree murder charge is often seen as the middle ground between first-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Definitions and penalties for murder degree charges:

  • First-degree murder: The willful, deliberate, or intentional killing of another person. If convicted, you face 25 years to life in prison.
  • Capital murder: First-degree murder committed under special circumstances, leading to life in prison or the death penalty.
  • Second-degree murder: Unintentional or accidental murder. A conviction may result in 15 years to life in prison.

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Being convicted of murder can have devastating results, including prison time, permanent marks on your record, probation, heavy fines, driver’s license suspension, and the loss of certain rights such as the right to vote, possess weapons, and hold certain professions. The Law Offices of Mark Girdner defends clients against homicide and murder accusations to help reduce or dismiss your charges. Our experienced violent crimes attorneys know how to meticulously handle evidence and navigate the California legal system to fight for your benefit.

The Law Offices of Mark Girdner have 18 years of experience providing knowledgeable and tenacious representation against murder and homicide charges. Licensed to practice in California, we proudly serve Modesto, Stockton, Merced, Lodi, Ceres, Keyes, Oakdale, Ripon, Salida, Turlock, Manteca, and Tracy. Facing a murder charge can be a scary and stressful experience, but we can work directly with you to aggressively defend your rights and help reach a beneficial outcome.

If you are facing charges for homicide, contact us immediately for a free consultation!