Vista Murder Defense Attorney
Strong Defense Against Serious Charges
There may be nothing as distressing as being charged with murder. Our Vista murder defense attorney can throw you a lifeline. The team at the William L. Wolfe Law Offices has over 32 years of experience serving in the California legal system. Attorney William L. Wolfe has been a homicide detective and a deputy district attorney and now uses those skills and insights as a Vista criminal defense attorney.
Call the William L. Wolfe Law Offices today
at (760) 621-7588 to discuss your case.
Defending Murder Charges in Southern California
Murder is defined in California as the unlawful and killing of another human with malice aforethought. To be considered being committed with malice aforethought, the prosecution must prove that the defendant’s purpose was to kill and that the defendant acted with careless or premeditated contempt for human life.
There are a few types of murder charges in California. They are:
- Capital murder
- First-degree felony murder
- Second-degree felony murder
- First-degree murder*
- Second-degree murder*
*Malice aforethought only applies to these charges
To qualify for first-degree murder, the act must have been done by a weapon of mass destruction, poison, explosive device, armor penetrating ammunition, torture, lying in wait, a gun shot from a vehicle, or any other type of intentional taking of someone else’s life.
Second-degree murder is murder that is not intentional and thought out, such as a crime of passion. Our Vista murder defense lawyer William L. Wolfe, has the expertise and connections to make sure the prosecution is treating you fairly and possibly get the charges reduced.
What Kind of Sentencing Is Involved
Sentencing for a guilty verdict of murder is severe in California. A basic first-degree conviction carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, and second-degree murder starts at 15 years to life in prison. Sentences may become longer or more complicated depending on the circumstances of the case. Our murder defense attorney in Vista can use his experience to have your sentence commuted to less time in prison, or to keep you out of jail, if possible.
Don’t Wait Another Minute!
If you been charged with murder then you know the stakes are high. You have no time to waste, so call our Vista criminal defense attorney so we can get working on your case. We have a team of highly regarded consultants to protect your freedom.
Call the William L. Wolfe Law Offices at (760) 621-7588 to schedule your free consultation. Don’t wait any longer!