Orange County Attempted Murder Attorney
If you have been accused of attempted murder in the Orange County area, then you need to contact an experienced defense lawyer immediately. It is reckless to think that the criminal justice system will somehow work itself in your favor. Because of the potential life sentence it carries, you must protect yourself and your rights with an experienced Orange County attempted murder attorney.
Attorney John D. Rogers is an accomplished Orange County criminal defense attorney and a board-certified specialist in criminal law by the State Bar of California. This distinction is only held by a small group of criminal lawyers in Orange County. It instills confidence in his clients that his professional experience, reputation, and ethics are among the highest in the legal community.
Overview of Attempted Murder Charges
Attempted murder is charged under penal code 187/664. It is defined as taking a direct but unsuccessful step toward causing the death of another person. Attempted murder is broken into two degrees. First-degree attempted murder is defined as taking a direct but unsuccessful step toward causing the death of another person with the intent to kill. It is a violent felony that is punishable by up to life in prison.
Second-degree attempted murder is similar to first-degree only the defendant did not harbor premeditation or deliberation. Second-degree attempted murder is punishable in state prison for up to 9 years.
Early Intervention by an Attempted Murder Lawyer in Orange County
Early intervention by an Orange County attempted murder attorney can make the difference between spending years of your life in prison or having the case rejected entirely from prosecution. Our office takes the proactive approach and we attempt to legally deflect the government’s investigation so it never reaches the inside of a courtroom. We will employ experts, interview witnesses, and look for outstanding evidence the police never collected. Never leave your freedom and life up to chance, you must act immediately.
Punishment for Attempted Murder
First-degree attempted murder is punishable by up to life in state prison. Second-degree attempted murder is punishable by up to 9 years in state prison. A defendant should expect to pay up to $10,000 in fines and pay restitution if the alleged victim suffered any economic loss.
Providing an Exceptional Defense to Attempted Murder
If the defendant can prove that they believed they were in immediate danger of death or serious bodily harm and used a reasonable amount of force to protect themselves, they may be able to avoid a conviction for attempted murder.
The prosecution must prove the identity of the defendant as the person who committed the crime. If the defendant can provide evidence that they were misidentified, such as eyewitness testimony or alibi evidence, it can cast doubt on the prosecution’s case.
Lack of Intent
The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had the specific intent to kill another person and took a direct step towards doing so. If the defendant did not have the intent to kill, or their actions were not a direct step towards killing someone, they cannot be convicted of attempted murder.
the defense of “insufficient evidence” or “lack of proof” may be raised in an attempted murder case if the prosecution cannot provide enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to kill and took a direct, but failed, step towards doing so.
Get Professional Help from an Orange County Attempted Murder Attorney
Get professional help if you or a loved one is facing attempted murder charges. Contact the Law Offices of John D. Rogers today. Call us to schedule a free confidential consultation with an experienced Orange County attempted murder attorney.