San Diego Murder Defense Attorney
Whether you are charged with murder, manslaughter or homicide or are under investigation, contacting a criminal defense attorney in San Diego should be high priority. At the law firm of Marc S. Kohnen, our team of skilled lawyers work together through your murder defense. Our law firm is made of a team of expert, resourceful and experienced lawyers to give you a fair trial.
Murder and Manslaughter
In California, the Penal Code defines murder as “The unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought” (Section 187). Depending on your case, murder is categorized as either first or second degree. First degree murder refers to murder that is willful, deliberate, and premeditated. Murder can also be categorized as first degree if it is committed with another violent felony. Second degree is all other murder cases that are not committed with another violent felony. The murder is a willful killing with malice and without premeditation.
Manslaughter refers to causing a death without premeditation. There are three different types of manslaughter: voluntary, involuntary and vehicular. Voluntary manslaughter refers to a murder that occurs intentionally during a heat of passion. Involuntary manslaughter occurs when a person kills someone while also committing another non-felony crime or through carelessness. Vehicular manslaughter is when a person is killed with a vehicle or during an accident.
During a murder investigation, suspects will undergo extensive analysis. As a result, this includes analysis of evidence such as DNA, fingerprints, toxicology, ballistics, blood spatter, firearms, and crime reconstruction. Marc S. Kohnen and his murder defense team will outsource to a team of forensic experts to further evaluate the evidence to help the client’s case.
Depending on the particular circumstance of the crime, murder in general can result in 25 years to life in prison, life without parole, or the death penalty. Second degree murder can carry a sentence of 15, 20 or 25 years to life in prison. The most severe form of murder is referred to as a “special circumstance” murder (Penal Code: 190.2). This includes murder for hire, killing a police officer, or killing a child under the age of 6. People who commit a special circumstance murder face a sentence for life without parole or the death penalty. Regardless of which type of murder you are charged for, you will need a strong murder defense attorney to help minimize the penalties you face.
What Should I Do If I Am Charged or Investigated for Murder in San Diego?
Contact our criminal defense lawyer Marc S. Kohnen immediately if you suspect you are under investigation for murder or have already been charged. Our law firm in San Diego works with you every step of the way to ensure your rights and liberties are protected. Contact the law office of Marc S. Kohnen as soon as possible for a complimentary and confidential consultation about your situation. We can be reached by calling 619-398-2500 or by filling out our online contact form on our Contact Us page. In addition to murder defense, Marc S. Kohnen and his law firm assist clients with a large variety of criminal defense cases such as DUIs, drug crimes and violent crimes.