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Rancho Cucamonga Murder Defense Attorney

Being accused of Murder in California? Murder is one of the most serious criminal accusations you can face. A charge for murder means the unlawful killing of an individual with malice aforethought. Malice aforethought is what will determine if there was intent to kill or it was an accident gone wrong.

What are the types of murder charges?

  • First Degree Murder

  • Capital Murder

  • Second Degree Murder

First-degree murder is when you use a destructive or explosive device, lying in wait, or torture. You could face 25 years to life in prison. Capital murder is when you kill someone for money or financial gain. Second-degree murder is when you kill someone without the requirements mentioned for First-degree murder and the penalty is 15 years to life in prison.

Murder v. Homicide

The main difference between the two is malice aforethought. Was it intentional or an accident? Did you have an excuse such as:

  • Self-defense

  • Defending another

  • When a police officer kills a suspect in the line of duty

Murder can be voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter or vehicular manslaughter.

What can I do if I am arrested for Murder

Being arrested for murder means that you are facing the possibility of going to prison for life. You will most likely be interrogated or try to get a confession from you. The police will try to obtain your financials to try to make it into capital murder. They will ask the Judge to hold you in custody where your bail will be at least $1000,000 USD.

The best thing to do is to not panic and say anything to the police that could be used against you. This is the time to hire an experienced Murder Defense Attorney. Burga Law Firm PC works with the best Murder Defense Attorneys to help you win your case.

What are the best strategies for a murder defense?

Defending a murder case requires a lot of work between your defense attorney at his team of experts. Burga Law Firm PC works with an experienced group of experts ready to get to work on your case. We'll review the evidence and look for issues such as:

  • Evidence of self-defense

  • Insanity

  • The evidence was obtained illegally through search and seizures without a warrant or exceptions

  • There is evidence to show that the confession, if any, was coerced

  • The evidence was tainted or the chain of custody has issues

  • The defendant was mistakenly identified

  • The killing is not murder; but maybe manslaughter or justifiable homicide

What are the common defenses to murder?

The common defenses for the charge of murder are similar to the above-mentioned strategies:

  • Self-Defence or defense of others

  • Accidental killings

  • Insanity and the M'Naghten rule

  • False and coerced confessions

  • Illegal search and seizure

  • Mistaken identification

What are the consequences of a murder conviction?

The consequences of a murder conviction depend on if you are convicted of first-degree, capital murder or second-degree murder.

First Degree - 25 years to life in State Prison

Capital Murder - Death penalty or life in State Prison without the possibility of parole

Second Degree Murder - 15 years to life in State Prison

The sentencing can be greater than above if a firearm was used or if the victim was a peace officer.   

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