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Best Defenses for Attempted Murder Cases in CCB Courthouse

What are the best practices for handling California Penal Code 664/187 attempted murder cases in Criminal Courts Building (CCB) downtown Los Angeles court? I’ve handled many attempted murder cases in CCB court at 210 West Temple, also known as the Clara Foltz Courthouse.  This is the central hub court in downtown Los Angeles, and obviously, they’ve got most of their best prosecutors. They treat attempted murder cases very seriously. I think the best practice is to first meet with your attorney.  If you’re a loved one calling on behalf of a family member who’s been arrested and charged with attempted… Read More

Defense Strategies for PC 211 Robbery Cases at CCB Court

Many California Penal Code 211 PC robbery cases are being filed at the downtown courthouse, 210 West Temple, CCB, also known as the Clara Foltz Courthouse. Robbery cases are severe because they are a strike and a violent felony, and they stay with you for the rest of your life if you are convicted. Strategy-wise, number one, if you’re going to have to take a conviction, you’ll want to take a conviction for something other than robbery. For example, they could hit you with a Penal Code 487(c) PC which is a grand theft person. Not a strike.  It can… Read More

Why Hire a Private Criminal Lawyer in a PC 187 Murder Case?

I can tell you that all the marbles are on the line regarding California Penal Code 187 PC murder cases.  If you or your loved one loses the case, they’ll probably never come out of prison again. So, the answer to that question is, you want, in my opinion, an attorney you paid for, somebody whom you have researched and can see that they know what they’re doing. One who has the experience and has fought these cases and has been successful versus taking a chance that some public defender is assigned to your case, that either doesn’t have the… Read More

Why Are Experts Used in Many PC 187 Murder Cases?

I can tell you right now that California Penal Code 187 PC murder cases are serious business and when someone has lost their life. Prosecutors do everything they can to make sure they get the conviction. If they think you or your loved one is the one that murdered or is involved with the murder, they will spend as much money as they need to, and they will hire experts to prove the case. When the experts are relevant in murder cases – and they’re not always applicable – it’s usually some testimony that requires somebody that knows what they’re… Read More

How Do You Choose a Lawyer If Charged with PC 187 Murder?

California Penal Code 187 PC murder is the highest crime known to man, so the best prosecutors and investigators will be assigned to the case.  You will need the best attorney to defend you or your loved one in a murder case. Murder is defined as the unlawful killing of somebody or a fetus with malice aforethought. First-degree murder includes all premeditated killings and felony murder that involves a scenario where someone dies during a carjacking, robbery, rape, or other serious crimes. A PC 187 first-degree murder conviction means a defendant will face a sentence of 25 years to life in… Read More

Why Does It Matter Who Prosecutes a Murder Case in LA?

Having handled California Penal Code 187 PC murder cases for the last 30 years, I’m intimately familiar with how they’re prosecuted in Los Angeles County, how the police investigate them, and how prosecutors charge them. It matters because they will put the best of the best in these cases.  So, let’s say a robbery occurs, and somebody dies during the robbery.  Robbery homicide are the best detectives for LAPD, and they’ll put the best detectives for the sheriff’s department if they have the jurisdiction. Those guys have the technology, training, and experience to investigate these cases and put much time,… Read More

How Does the Passage of SB 1437 Impact Murder Charges?

Many think the passage of California Senate Bill 1437 only impacted prior Penal Code 187 PC murder convictions. Those people now are saying they were improperly convicted because they were not significant participants in the murder. They didn’t act with reckless indifference to human life, and therefore, they should have never been convicted.  That is a viable argument, depending on the facts and circumstances of the murder and what that person’s role was. But SB 1437 also impacts murder cases moving forward because the California Criminal Jury Instructions has been changed to reflect the new law. Now, once a getaway… Read More

How to Avoid Life in Prison If Charged with PC 187 Murder?

My title may sound a little extreme, but the bottom line is that most people convicted of murder in California go to prison for life.  It could be 15 to life; it could be 25 to life, or it could be more. California Penal Code 187 PC is the statute that defines the crime of murder as the unlawful killing of someone or a fetus with malice aforethought. First-degree murder charges are typically filed if the killing was willful, deliberate, and premeditated. Simply put, the act was intentional, such as driving to a person’s home with the intent to kill… Read More

How to Avoid Life in Prison if Charged with Attempted Murder

Many people are charged with California Penal Code 664/187 attempted murder in Los Angeles County and surrounding counties.  If you or a family member is under investigation or already charged with attempted murder, you must hire the best defense attorney you can find. California Penal Code 664 PC defines the incomplete crime of attempt. Penal Code 187 PC defines the crime of murder as either a first or second degree.  Thus, attempted murder under California law is known as 664/187 PC, which combines the crime of attempt and murder. If it’s attempted premeditated murder, you are facing a sentence of… Read More

What Happens If You Use a Gun in a Road Rage Incident?

Road rage is generally described as a driver overreacting to a perceived act on the road by another driver and immediately expressing their anger in an overt threatening manner. Put simply, road rage incidents usually involve a situation where a car driver overreacts to a perceived provocation on a road or highway and instantly decides to vent their anger and frustration violently. In most cases, it includes: flipping off the other driver, blowing their car horn aggressively, screaming verbal insults out the window, tailgating, making threats, hand gestures, and driving their car in a swerving reckless manner. Road rage is… Read More

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