Murder is the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought, and may be charged in either first or second degree. A first degree murder requires premeditation and deliberation, which is not required for second degree murder. All murder crimes in California carry a life sentence. The amount of time a convicted murderer must serve before parole eligibility can vary, depending on the degree of the crime, and manner in which it was committed. If a murder is committed under certain special circumstances, such as lying in wait, during a kidnapping, or with torture, the defendant may face the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole.

Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being, but without malice aforethought. Two common types of manslaughter occur when a killing is the result of heat of passion, a mistaken belief in the need for self-defense, or criminal negligence. The potential punishments for manslaughter vary greatly, depending on the nature of the crime and whether any weapons were used.

If you or someone you know are charged with manslaughter or murder, or are aware of a potential homicide investigation, contact RAAB | MAHONEY immediately to schedule a consultation. The lawyers at RAAB | MAHONEY are experienced defending homicide prosecutions and aggressively represents those charged with homicides and other violent crimes. We will thoroughly investigate your case and develop defenses, such as incorrect identification, alibi, lack of malicious intent, and self-defense.

The attorneys at RAAB | MAHONEY have represented those charged with murder in an array of factual situations. We spend the time needed to properly communicate with each client to give them the knowledge to make rational decisions regarding their future and to assist in their defense. We are qualified and effective trial lawyers, with a history of preparing effective trial and pre-trial motions, jury instructions, and jury questionnaires. We will attack the credibility of DNA and trace evidence, and will aggressively defend you, or your loved ones.