Homicide Attorney in Riverside
Defending Clients Who Are Facing Homicide Charges in California
In 2019, there were 1,679 homicides across California. While this was down slightly from the year before, the number of homicides in the state is relatively steady. There are usually between 10-20 homicides each year in Riverside. If you are accused of homicide, it is an extremely serious situation, and you want an aggressive Riverside homicide lawyer from DeLimon Law on your side right away.
Are you facing murder charges in California? Call DeLimon Law today at (951) 382-5559 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our Riverside homicide attorney.
What Are The Elements of Murder?
In California, homicide crimes can actually include a number of offenses. First, there are first-degree murder offenses that require:
- The defendant caused the death of someone else
- They acted with malice aforethought
- There was no lawful excuse or justification
Second-degree murder is when the defendant acts with reckless disregard for human life. It requires willful conduct, but the defendant does not need to have a premeditated intent to kill someone. If prosecutors feel that they do not have the evidence of intent needed to charge first-degree murder, they will opt for a lesser charge like second-degree murder to win a conviction.
Murder requires some sort of premeditated act, whether or not there is an intent to kill. There are also homicide charges where the defendant kills without premeditated, even if there is an intent to kill.
Types Of Homicide
Beyond murder, prosecutors can charge a number of other offenses, including:
- Attempted murder
- Voluntary homicide
- Involuntary homicide
- Felony murder (when the defendant allegedly kills someone while committing a felony)
In all first-degree murder cases, prosecutors must prove that the defendant had the intent to commit the crime. This means that the defendant deliberately meant to kill someone. In California, first-degree murder sentences begin at 25 years to life. Many defendants are sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, and a small handful of people convicted of capital murder are given a death sentence.
Possible Defense Strategies
This is a high standard that prosecutors cannot always meet. There are a number of defenses that people can rely on to help fight the charges against them. They include:
- The defendant did kill someone, but it was in self-defense or the defense of others.
- Police illegally seized evidence or questioned the defendant.
- The defendant lacked the intent required to commit the crime (e.g., the killing was accidental)
- The defendant is not competent to stand trial.
Given the harsh penalties for those convicted, homicide cases have the highest stakes of practically any criminal proceeding. It is essential to have an attorney with legal judgment to obtain the best possible legal outcome for their clients.
Attorney Daniel DeLimon can provide you with experienced and knowledgeable representation because he has been on the other side, prosecuting homicide cases. He knows how law enforcement is thinking because he has been in court prosecuting complex homicide cases.
Does california have the death penalty?
Yes, California currently has the death penalty. However, there has been a moratorium on executions in the state since 2019, and Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a reprieve to all death row inmates during his term in office. It has been more than 17 years since the state last executed a person on death row. As of September 2021, there were over 700 inmates on death row in California.
Contact a Homicide Lawyer in Riverside Today
If you have been charged with any type of homicide crime, your freedom for perhaps the rest of your life is at stake. You need an Riverside homicide attorney who can fight for your legal rights. Contact the firm of DeLimon Law at (951) 382-5559 or reach out to us online to schedule your initial consultation. It is vital to get a criminal defense lawyer on your side as quickly as possible because the prosecution could begin to violate your legal rights practically immediately.
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