Fullerton Lawyer for the Defense of Murder

In Fullerton, as in any part of the state, sometimes crimes like robbery or arson accidentally turn into murder. In California, murder is "the unlawful killing of a human being, or fetus, with malice aforethought.” If you’ve been charged with murder, you will need to be represented by an attorney with a proven track record, like Orange County criminal defense attorney Lauren K. Johnson.

The word homicide refers to the killing of another person, whether or not it is lawfully justified; whereas murder and manslaughter are always unlawful. What makes manslaughter different from murder is the lack of malice aforethought. The term “malice aforethought" means the mental state of the defendant at the time of the homicide, and generally refers to the “wanton disregard for human life,” or doing an act against another with a high degree of probability that it will result in death.

Requiring the prosecution prove “malice aforethought” could make a big difference when it comes to sentencing, and that’s why you’ll want a reputable Fullerton murder defense lawyer like Lauren K. Johnson on your side when you go to court.

Like most other crimes, unlawful homicides can be categorized into different types, such as first-degree murder, second-degree murder, capital-murder, felony-murder, attempted murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter.

Orange County homicide defense attorney Lauren K. Johnson knows that there are a variety of legal defenses she can present in any murder or manslaughter case. Some of these might include self-defense, defense of others, killing by accident, false or coerced confessions, mistaken identification, evidence obtained in an illegal search or seizure, and even the insanity defense.

If you’ve been charged with murder or manslaughter, call the Johnson Criminal Law Group today at (949) 622-5522. She has successfully earned a reputation in the Fullerton community as an outstanding advocate for her clients, with the knowledge and experience that get results.

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