Newport Beach Murder Defense Attorney
Newport Beach has a low crime rate- the violent crime rate is about 67 percent lower than California as a whole. In 2010, there were zero murders or manslaughters in Newport Beach, and crime statistics predict the murder/manslaughter rate for 2012 will also be zero. But regardless, crime can happen anywhere, and if there is an accusation of murder, it is incredibly important to be represented by an experienced Newport Beach murder defense attorney.
Murder is defined as the killing of another person with “malice aforethought” in California. Malice aforethought means with premeditation. Penal Code section 187(a) deals with murder in California, and there are several levels of murder. Murder can be in the first or second degree, or can also be “felony murder,” which is causing the death of another person while committing another felony crime.
Punishments for murder are severe. California has the death penalty, so if someone is convicted of murder the possible punishment runs up to execution. Even if it is not a capital crime, first degree murder carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, and it can be elevated to life without parole in certain cases. Even the lower degree crime of second degree murder carries a penalty of 15 years to life, which can also be aggravated or increased based on the circumstances of the crime.
In a murder case, having an experienced Newport Beach murder defense lawyer who knows the California criminal justice system intimately through years of practice is even more crucial than with other criminal offenses. Contact the Johnson Criminal Law Group by phone at (949) 622-5522, where someone is available 24/7 for an initial consultation, or through an online message today.