When you hear the word “homicide”, chances are good that you immediately think of the classical definition – the deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another. However, that is only one example. There are many others that vary by the situation and mitigating circumstances. No matter what homicide-related charge you might be facing, though, it is very, very serious.
If you or a loved one are facing a homicide charge in California, time is of the essence. It is vital that you have experienced representation, guidance, and counsel. Call Gasner Criminal Law today at 415-782-6000.
At its most basic, homicide is murder – the unlawful killing of one person by another. However, there are many differences. Each situation is unique, with specific mitigating circumstances that play a role in the case and even speak to motive.
In the state of California, the most serious homicide-related charge is first-degree murder, which carries an automatic 25-year prison sentences. Additional complications are added if the murder occurred in conjunction with other felony crimes, if it was premeditated or willful, and the way in which it was accomplished. Second-degree murder is less serious, but usually carries a sentence of 15 years in prison.
There are several defense strategies that may be able to help if you are facing homicide charges. For instance, you may be able to use the self-defense strategy. You may also plead that the homicide was accidental, or that evidence was incorrectly collected. Forced or coerced confessions, tainted forensic evidence, mistaken identity and pleading to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter or justifiable homicide may also be applicable depending on the situation.
Many different circumstances may impact your case. For instance, if you committed homicide while defending yourself or others, this will affect the situation. If the homicide was accidental, this will also play a role. Other mitigating circumstances include:
Any circumstance that casts doubt on whether malice was present in the crime could lead to a lesser charge and less time incarcerated.
At Gasner Criminal Law, we have worked with many clients accused of homicide and fought for our clients’ rights while helping to ensure the best possible outcome for their case. Adam Gasner is one of just 400 attorneys in the state of California to be recognized as a Board-Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, and brings that expertise and experience to bear with each client he represents.
If you or a loved one has been accused of homicide, the time to act is now. Call Gasner Criminal Law today at 415-782-6000 to schedule a free 60-minute consultation on your case. You can also schedule a consultation by using our convenient online contact form.