If you or a loved one is facing a murder charge or investigation in California, our law firm is here to support and represent you. Murder charges frequently arise in situations where the alleged victim was actually the initial aggressor (for example, an abusive spouse or dating partner) and our client was merely defending his or her life or that of their children.
When a wife is confronted with an accusation that she murdered her spouse, there are complexities involved in what is known as a "battered wife syndrome" case or "battered person syndrome," in the case of a man. Our West Covina homicide defense attorneys understand the gravity of a murder charge and are willing to fight tooth and nail to obtain a positive resolution for your case.
Murder cases are not always as black and white as they may seem. Where the defendant is a spouse whose mental state was “scarred” by emotional and physical abuse perpetrated over a protracted period of time by their spouse (the homicide victim), our West Covina battered wife syndrome attorneys may introduce evidence of “battered wife syndrome” by putting on the testimony of an expert (e.g., psychologist who evaluated the defendant).
In a California murder trial, the court must issue a jury instruction for self-defense when “it appears that the defendant is relying on such a defense, or if there is substantial evidence supportive of such a defense and the defense is not inconsistent with the defendant’s theory of the case.”
Call our firm today at (626) 340-2326 to set up a free case consultation to discuss your options with a West Covina criminal defense attorney.