Facing murder charges is not something you can prepare for. Whether you're facing murder in the first degree or murder in the second degree, the consequences of a conviction can significantly alter the path of your life forever. That's why having an experienced criminal defense attorney working for you can be one of the best decisions you'll ever make. As someone with over two decades of experience working within the criminal justice system, I've seen firsthand how a murder conviction can negatively impact a person's life.
If you've been charged with murder, consider reaching out to the Darryl A. Stallworth Law Office. I've had the opportunity to work as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, so I have an intimate understanding of criminal proceedings.
When you work with me, I'll perform a thorough investigation of your case and the circumstances that led to your criminal charges. From there, I can help you outline an aggressive defense strategy using years of knowledge and experience that I've picked up from inside and outside of the courtroom. I'll be at your side through every interaction with law enforcement officers, every court hearing, and throughout the trial. My number one goal will be to do everything I can to help you reach a successful outcome for your case.
Understanding Manslaughter and Murder Charges
In the state of California, there are two recognized types of murder: first-degree and second-degree murder. While it's important to understand the difference between the two, it's also important to recognize that the consequences for first-degree murder are typically much more severe than second-degree murder.
Generally speaking, first-degree murder is reserved for particularly heinous crimes that involve premeditation, deliberate planning, and an intent to kill. Under California law, first-degree murder also includes any killing committed by someone while carrying out or attempting to carry out a felony crime, such as burglary, robbery, rape, kidnapping, and other specified crimes. As for the consequences, a conviction for first-degree murder can result in one of three sentences:
- Imprisonment in state prison for a term of 25 years to life,
- Life imprisonment in state prison without the possibility of parole, or
- Capital punishment, although it's worth noting that the death penalty is currently suspended.