Murder and Manslaughter Charges
Ventura, CA Criminal Defense Lawyer
There is no crime treated more seriously than the taking of another person's
life and there are no punishments more severe than for those who are found
guilty of taking a life. These cases are very complex and you need an
experienced Ventura criminal lawyer by your side to safeguard your rights.
When a life has been lost, the police and prosecution zealously pursue
an arrest and conviction. Being accused of murder or manslaughter is a
difficult ordeal that can impact you and your family for the rest of your lives.
The Difference Between Murder and Manslaughter
Murder and manslaughter cases are the most emotionally charged cases we
see in our courtrooms. Being charged with murder means that you have been
alleged to have carried out a plan, or premeditated, to take the life
of another human being. A manslaughter charge is filed when you have taken
someone's life but did so without premeditation or did so accidentally.
Premeditation or intent is the main factor here. If a guilty conviction
is faced, it can truly be the end of a suspect’s life. It may lead
to years behind bars, including up to a life sentencing. California is
also a state that carries out capital punishment and some suspects may
need the best defense they can get to protect their future.
Murder Charges in Santa Barbara
My firm appreciates that people make mistakes or are wrongly accused and everyone
deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. I believe in your constitutional
rights and I will tenaciously protect you and your rights when you are
facing the consequences of being charged with a violent crime. When you
contact my firm, I will begin a complete evaluation of your case carefully examining the
evidence against you. I will interview the arresting officers as well
as any witnesses. My firm has access to experts and resources and we will
use all of those resources to determine the best possible course of
criminal defense action for you.