Oakland Murder Defense Lawyer

Homicide is the legal umbrella term for any taking of another person’s life, whether lawful or unlawful.  At the law office of the Oakland criminal lawyer, we understand that if you or your loved one is facing any sort of homicide charge, you are likely scared and overwhelmed right now.  Contact our office immediately and let us help you through this difficult time.

The state of California recognizes five types of homicide:

As you can see, homicide does not necessarily equate to murder.  Murder charges apply when there was some form of premeditation.  First degree murder is applicable where the killer specifically planned and intended to kill with extreme malice.  Second degree murder is where there was planning involved, but not with such malicious intent as in the case of murder in the first degree.

Voluntary manslaughter is when the death was as a result of triggered emotion, such as fear or rage.  Involuntary manslaughter is an accidental death, such as those that result from drunk driving accidents. Lawful killing is the justified killing by a police officer or other law enforcement official.

The state of California treats murder convictions with much severity.  A conviction could result in life in prison or even the death penalty if a judge deems it appropriate. The Oakland criminal attorney’s goal in every murder case is to minimize the sentence of every client, or possibly get the case dismissed if there is not sufficient evidence to prove that a client committed the crime.

If you or your loved one is facing a murder or homicide charge, the Oakland criminal lawyer can help.  Contact us right away for an immediate consultation.