Santa Ana Lawyer for Murder Defense
Crime in Santa Ana is on the rise, and so are arrests for a variety of unlawful homicides. However, in order to prove that a person is guilty of murder, prosecutors must prove all three elements of the offense. They must prove that an act was committed that resulted in death to another person (or fetus). They must prove that an act was committed with malice aforethought, and they must prove that a person was killed without lawful justification. To ensure prosecutors actually meet that burden if you’ve been charged with murder, you will need to be represented by a reputable Orange County criminal defense attorney like Lauren K. Johnson.
Many people do not understand the “felony-murder rule.” In California, you can be charged with felony-murder if you, or an accomplice, should happen to kill another person, even accidentally, during the commission of certain dangerous felonies. Under felony-murder, what might have previously been a charge of manslaughter gets elevated to the charge of murder. Furthermore the prosecutor no longer has to prove the act was committed with malice aforethought.
An example of this could be that during the course of a home invasion, a defendant who is armed with a pistol accidentally causes a fire that burns the house down and kills the occupants. Even though the deaths were accidental, the defendant will still be liable for murder under California's felony-murder rule.
Santa Ana murder defense lawyer Lauren K. Johnson knows that any death that is logically related to the felony could suffice, including unforeseeable deaths, so long as there is more than a mere coincidence between the homicide and the other felony.
If you’ve been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, felony-murder or manslaughter, call Orange County homicide defense attorney Lauren K. Johnson today at (949) 622-5522. She has a proven track record in the City of Santa Ana.