Have You Been Charged with Attempted Murder in San Diego?
Even if a person does not commit murder in San Diego, being charged with the act of attempted murder carries with it equally serious implications. Attempted murder is a still a felony, and while an attempted murder may only carry about half of the penalties for a defendant that an actual murder conviction will have, there are instances where attempted murder will still result in up to life in state prison without the possibility of parole. If a firearm was used during an attempted murder or the attempted murder was committed against a police officer, firefighter, school employee, or another person in a protected class, the sentence will be exceptionally harsh.
California’s Castle Doctrine May be Used as an Attempted Murder Defense
Defending a person against a violent crime such as attempted murder can be a complicated effort. Presenting key evidence, credible witnesses, and putting a defense in appropriate context are all challenges that a seasoned defense attorney must do to protect their client’s rights.
While California does allow a defendant to claim self-defense as a means of attempting to prove innocence, the state does not have a “stand your ground” law which allows people to not retreat from impending danger. However, the state does have a “castle doctrine” which means a person can defend their home, business or other real property. However, as soon as there is no imminent threat, the right to use a reasonable amount of force as a means of self-defense ends.
You Must Have an Aggressive Defense in Place with San Diego’s Top Criminal Defense Firm
A charge of attempted murder is serious and requires a strong and aggressive defense. The Law Office of Marc S. Kohnen is a recognized criminal defense firm that serves clients in San Diego and other nearby California communities such as Chula Vista, Eastlake, National City, Mission Valley, El Cajon, La Mesa, Julian, Ramona, Vista, and San Marcos. For a free initial consultation, contact his office at (619) 398-2500 or complete this contact form.
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