Murder Charges in California
Get Representation from a Bakersfield Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are accused of murder, you are facing one of the most serious and
violent crimes in the entirety of California law. Murder is a homicide crime, which means
it involves taking the life of someone else. However, unlike other homicide
charges, murder involves both malicious intent and forethought of your
actions. This means murder charges can often carry some of the most serious
penalties in the entire criminal justice system.
If you or a loved one have been charged with murder, you will likely want
to do everything in your power to fight back against the immense consequences
that could occur. At
Campbell Whitten, we can battle any criminal charges you may be facing aggressively and
effectively to help you obtain your goal: a “not guilty” verdict.
Our Bakersfield criminal defense lawyers work harder than anyone for our
clients, and we use every possible piece of evidence and every available
avenue to help you combat your charges effectively. We never treat your
case as though it were just a number in our file; we understand how important
it is to you and your life, and we take a team approach to effectively
fight for justice on your behalf.
Call the award-winning team of attorneys at Campbell Whitten today at 661-735-1038
and ask to receive a free consultation.
California recognizes several types of murder charges, including:
- First-degree murder
- Capital murder
- Second-degree murder
Penalties for Murder
Murder is always considered a felony charge, meaning you will face immense
penalties if you are convicted. The most common penalty for first-degree
murder is a minimum of 25 years in prison, but odds are your prosecution
will likely push for a life sentence. If you are convicted of first-degree
murder based on a “hate crime,” then you will be imprisoned
for life without the possibility of parole.
Capital murder is the most serious murder charge, including special circumstances
such as murder for financial gain, murdering more than one victim, murdering
a witness to prevent testifying, and over 20 total situations. If you
are convicted, not only will you face the possibility of life in prison
without parole, but you may even be given the death penalty.
Start fighting back against your charges now!
Contact the award-winning team at Campbell Whitten and let us handle your case.