Oceanside Capital Murder Lawyers
In California, capital murder is the most serious criminal charge a person can face. Facing a capital murder charge is not something to take lightly. Your future is in danger, and you need to be proactive moving forward. A capital murder charge carries with it the most serious punishments possible. If convicted, you are facing either a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty. With these penalties looming as possibilities, do not rely on a court-appointed attorney to try to save your future. Contact an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer.
At the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, we will use our determination and experience with criminal law to fight for you and represent you at every step of the legal process. Law enforcement pursues capital murder charges vigorously. The severity of the crime may lead officers to arrest and prosecute suspects fanatically, making it possible that an innocent person could face charges for a capital murder they did not commit. That is why it is especially important to have experienced legal representation.
Capital Murder Circumstances
Capital murder is a similar crime to first-degree murder. Both constitute a premeditated killing of another person, done intentionally with complete disregard for human life. The difference between first-degree murder and capital murder is in the circumstances surrounding the crime. A few special circumstances will move a first-degree murder up to a capital murder. There are more than 20 of these specific circumstances, including the following:
- Murder of a police officer, firefighter, judge, prosecutor, juror, or elected official
- Murder occurring during a prison escape
- Murder for financial gain or a paid murder
- Murder of more than one victim
- Murder committed while committing a felony, such as a robbery, rape, or another violent crime
- Murder committed using a mass destruction device, such as a bomb or gun
- Murder related to a hate crime (i.e., because of race, color, religion, etc.)
If any of these special circumstances were involved in the case, it becomes a capital murder case and the potential penalties increase in severity. Although you will be facing the most severe penalties possible, an assertive and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your team can help to lessen these penalties, or get them dropped altogether.
Contact an Oceanside Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or your loved one faces capital murder charges, do not waste time before calling an Oceanside criminal defense lawyer. At the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, we know how serious capital murder charges are. We are dedicated to using our knowledge to build the best defense possible for our clients. Contact our office today at (760) 512-1172 to discuss what we can do for you.