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Westminster Murder Defense Lawyer

Even in a town like Westminster, murder still happens. If someone you know has been charged with murder, they’ll want to be represented by a reputable Orange County criminal defense attorney like Lauren K. Johnson, who will work to get them the best results possible.

Depending on whether a person has been convicted of first-degree murder, capital murder, or second-degree murder, the potential sentence will vary. If convicted of first-degree murder, a person could face 25 years-to-life in prison. If convicted of second-degree murder, a person could still be looking at serving 15 years or more in prison.

Capital murder involves “special circumstances" that elevate first-degree murder, and it is the most serious of the California murder laws. This means that a person could be facing the death penalty, or a prison sentence for life without the possibility of parole. Some of the more common special circumstances that elevate sentencing guidelines can include killing a police officer, multiple victims, multiple offenses, previous convictions, the use of firearms or explosives, or if the killing was gang related.

Westminster murder defense lawyer Lauren K. Johnson will tell you that prosecutors like to charge the gang enhancement, even if the homicide is only remotely gang-related. They do this because they know that when highly inflammatory evidence is presented to a jury about the gang in question, the jury will be more likely to convict.

A defendant convicted of murder could also have to pay restitution to a victim, plus pay a stiff fine. As you can see, the offense of murder carries severe penalties. This is why it’s important to have an Orange County homicide defense attorney like Lauren K. Johnson in your corner, who has the knowledge and experience that get results. Call her today at (949) 622-5522.

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Lauren Johnson was amazing. She explained everything in ways that were easily understood, & answered all of my question. She was respectful, but also open & honest. She started work on my case the first day we met & got results quickly. She demonstrated passion, concern, and showed true feeling for my situation. My expectations were greatly exceeded. I would say she has an incredible attention for detail, & has a real dedication to her work. Lauren Johnson would be my first recommendation to any of my family or friends similarly in need of legal assistance. - Heather
I researched a lot of attorneys and had met with two attorneys before speaking with Ms. Johnson and retaining her. I was facing serious charges that could not be on my record, due to my job and was really scared. I felt hopeless & thought my life was ruined...until I found Ms. Johnson... - A criminal defense client (drug case)
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Lauren K. Johnson was my saving grace. I naively thought you were innocent until proven guilty. However, I soon discovered that CPS and family court does not see things that way... - Mrs. G, a CPS client
Thank you Lauren for your help and support in a very scary, bad time in my life! You were a ray of sunshine in a very dark place. I didn't have to step foot in a court room once, Lauren was there for me... - JB A criminal client