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Los Angeles Murder Defense Lawyer

Murder Attorney in Los Angeles

The charge of murder is the highest crime known to man and it therefore carries penalties that are extremely harsh. Most individuals convicted will never be released from prison. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that you hire an attorney that has a vast experience dealing with murder charges. A person charged with murder will typically only receive one chance to properly defend themselves...after that, if they are convicted, it will be too late to help them. I have handled countless murder cases over my years of practice. If you or your loved one's life is on the line, contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at our office and lets meet and discuss what is necessary to be successful. I stand at the ready to help you. Please review my credentials; they are unmatched!

Murder cases are difficult to defend because the system treats them with a high level of resources. Meaning, the best detectives are assigned to investigate them and the best prosecutors are assigned to prosecute them. Because a life has been lost in a murder case, public policy demands that the prosecutors pull out all the stops to investigate and prosecute the person charged with murder. That means they will stop at nothing to see that the client is convicted of murder. They have plenty of resources available to them to get the job done. There are very few defense attorneys that can match them; that's where I come in:

The following is an example of a real life murder case where my client was found not guilty - my client was charged with first degree murder and a number of other serious crimes. He admitted to the police that he fired the weapon (that was recovered and test fired...and determined by an expert to be the weapon that was used in the killing). After an approximately week long trial, the jury found my client not guilty of murder and all other charges. Before the trial, because of the overwhelming evidence, the defense offered to plead guilty to second degree murder which would have carried a sentence of 15 years to life, and the head prosecutor refused. This case is an example of what a skilled defense attorney can do to an unprepared / out matched prosecutor's case.

An accusation of murder is one of the most serious charges a person can face. In California, for intentional homicide you will be facing either a first or second degree murder charge. First degree murder is when an intentional death results due to malice aforethought, premeditation, on the part of the killer. Second degree murder is a homicide that is intentional, without malice or premeditation, and takes place in the heat of passion, such as in a domestic violence situation. Both 1st and 2nd degree murders are felony offenses in the state of California and will be punished severely.

Murder is regarded throughout the world as one of the most heinous criminal acts that one can commit. It is viewed by society as evil, and is a crime that shows an extreme disregard for another person's life. In Los Angeles County alone, over 500 murders are committed every year. In most cases, the individuals convicted of these murders were committing other violent crimes such as rape, robbery, kidnapping or arson.

In California, you may face the following sentences for 1st or 2nd degree murder:

1st Degree Murder:

  • Life imprisonment or the death penalty
  • No possibility of parole

2nd Degree Murder:

  • Life imprisonment
  • Possibility of parole after 15 years served

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Law Firm

At the Hedding Law Firm, our attorneys believe that if you are being investigated or have been arrested for murder then it is critical to your case that you retain the services of an experienced and aggressive defense lawyer immediately. It is very important that our firm can begin our own investigation as soon as possible in order to preserve evidence that may benefit your case. Our law firm will challenge the charges against you and make every attempt to have them lowered or dismissed completely.

Your constitutional rights are very important to us! We will fight to obtain the best outcome for your particular case.

Contact a Los Angeles murder attorney at our law firm today to discuss the details that led to your arrest.

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