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First Degree Murder

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First-degree murder charges are among the most serious charges you can face, and these charges have especially heavy consequences. If you are facing these charges, your future and your freedom are on the line. Don’t risk the consequences—call Coimbra Law Firm now. Our experienced West Covina homicide attorney is ready to provide you with aggressive defense you need to protect your rights and freedom.

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The Penalties for First-Degree Murder

The penalties for first degree murder are extremely steep, which is why it is critical to have skillful defense on your side. According to California Penal Code § 190, the penalty for first degree murder is, at the minimum, 25 years in state prison. More severe penalties include life in prison, loss of the possibility for parole, and even the death sentence.

Even if you aren’t sentenced with the death penalty, you still may be facing life in prison. Certain enhancements, such as firearm enhancements, can increase the minimum sentence before you are eligible for parole, which can effectively be a life sentence. If you have been charges with a serious crime like first-degree murder, you need to contact a knowledgeable West Covina criminal defense lawyer who will understand the serious nature of our charges and fight for you.

How Is First-Degree Murder Defined?

First-degree murder is one type of homicide charge, though it is the most serious by far. In order to be convicted of these charges, the district attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you premeditated and deliberately intended to kill the victim. This meant that they must present evidence of these two factors:

  • Premeditation: The accused decided to kill before performing the act that led to the victim’s death.
  • Deliberation: The accused carefully weighed the consideration for and against the choice, and still made the decision to kill. Deliberation means the action was calculated before it occurred.

In order to prove premeditation and deliberation, the prosecutor must present evidence that the defendant took time to prepare for killing. Evidence can include the fact that the defendant brought a weapon to the scene, called accomplices to help, or took steps to isolate the victim.

Defenses to First-Degree Murder Charges

There are many available defenses to a first-degree murder charge, depending on the specifics of your unique circumstances. Some of these defenses include mistaken identity, self-defense, insanity, and even insufficient evidence that the homicide was premeditated and deliberated. A skilled homicide defense attorney will fight to see your charges reduced or even cleared completely. Speak to your lawyer today to discuss possible defenses to your charges.

Call Coimbra Law Firm Today – (626) 827-7222

If you’re facing first-degree murder charges, there’s no time to waste. Our legal team will begin a proactive defense strategy for your case, so you can rest assured that every foreseeable circumstance has been prepared for. We never take a one-size-fits all approach when it comes to your defense. At Coimbra Law Firm, we are committed to defending your freedom and rights. Schedule a free consultation with our West Covina murder defense attorney to start your case today.

Contact our firm by calling (626) 827-7222.

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