Murder Charges in Ventura County
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In California and in the United States, murder—also known as homicide—is
considered the most serious violent crime an individual can be charged
with. Not only will the prosecution attempt to seek the highest form of
punishment possible, but you may already be viewed as guilty in the eyes
of the media and the community.
When you’re facing even the possibility of a murder charge, your
highest priority is to obtain legal counsel from an experienced and skilled
lawyer. With more than a decade of experience, our Ventura criminal defense
The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert knows exactly what it takes to fight for your rights and future.
Murder Laws & Penalties in California
There are two types of murders in California: first-degree murder and second-degree murder.
First-degree murder is the unlawful killing that is deliberate, premeditated,
and willful. Additionally, “felony murder,” which includes
any murder that is carried out while committing or attempting to commit
another felony offense, is considered to be first-degree murder. This
type of murder is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 25 years
to life without the possibility of parole.
On the other hand, second-degree murder does not involve premeditation
and deliberation, only malice and acting intentionally. A conviction for
this type of murder results in a prison sentence ranging from 15 years to life.
If you are convicted of first or second-degree murder and a firearm was
used in the commission of the crime, 10, 20, or 25 years could be added
to your sentence.
Let Us Protect Your Rights & Freedom Now
Without the assistance of a knowledgeable lawyer, those charged with murder
face serious and sometimes overwhelming obstacles both inside and outside
the courtroom. The right legal representation can protect your rights,
level the playing field, and seek the best possible outcome possible.
Do not hesitate to
contact us and schedule a
free case evaluation today.