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Orange County Murder Defense Lawyer

Murder is essentially the most serious criminal charge that a defendant may face, not only because the death penalty may be enforced upon a conviction, but also because these cases are so aggressively investigated and prosecuted by the government. As such, if you are even under investigation or have discovered that you are a potential suspect in a murder investigation, consulting an experienced attorney is absolutely necessary.

Murder Charges & Penalties in California

California Penal Code Section 187 defines murder and outlines the potential penalties for a conviction of this kind, which may be life in prison with or without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty in some extreme cases. To secure a murder conviction in California, the prosecuting attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  • The defendant caused the death of another person
  • The defendant committed the act with malice aforethought (intending to kill another person, or intentionally committing an act that the defendant knew was dangerous to human life)
  • The defendant had no lawful excuse to commit the act
  • The defendant acted with a conscious disregard for human life

All four factors must be proven for a defendant to be convicted of murder in California. Whether a defendant is charged with and convicted of first degree or second degree murder will depend on the specific circumstances of the case, including whether the defendant acted with premeditation or preplanning, or caused the death of another person during the commission of a felony offense.

Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Orange County, California

As an experienced former prosecutor and a dedicated criminal defense lawyer, Fred Thiagarajah can offer you the level of legal counsel you need in the face of murder charges. In matters such as this, the tiniest detail can make all the difference in the outcome of a case. As a result, it is crucial that your attorney have the resources and experience to competently handle your case and conduct a thorough investigation into your charges, leaving no stone unturned. Orange County criminal attorney Fred Thiagarajah provides his clients with the personal attention and dedicated representation they need in the face of their criminal charges.

For the skilled, dedicated legal counsel you deserve in the face of your Orange County murder charges, contact the Law Offices of Fred Thiagarajah today!

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