Santa Ana Murder Lawyer

Get a powerful defender fighting for you if you are facing charges of murder.

Murder is considered the most heinous crime committed in our society. This felony allows for the heaviest penalties to be imposed, including the death penalty in capital cases. Defending against a murder charges is not a simple task. You are going to need a criminal defense attorney who has experience and skill in defending violent crimes. At Darwish Law in Santa Ana, we have this level of experience. Defending murder charges requires agility, smart and effective defense case presentation and the ability to think ahead of the prosecutors as well fully understanding the nuances in the law concerning murder. We are here to investigate your case fully, and to create a powerful and compelling case for your defense.

Not all killings of human beings are murder. The definition of murder, per the California Penal Code §187 (a), is defined as "the unlawful killing of a human being or a fetus with malice aforethought." The term malice aforethought basically means that the offender consciously intended to kill someone or inflict severe bodily harm prior to the act, or had a depraved mindset characterized by having no concern for others' lives.

Murder is either first degree or second degree. To be convicted of first degree murder, it must be proven that the defendant committed the killing with premeditation and deliberate acts toward that goal. It must also be shown that the defendant:

  • Used weapons of mass destruction, explosive devices, ammunition that can go through armor, poison, or firearms
  • Tortured the victim
  • Lay in wait
  • Killed another or others while committing another crime, such as robbery, kidnapping, or other similar violent crimes

Second degree murder is a less serious charge. A murder committed without premeditation is an example. Penalties for first degree murder range from 25 years to life, life without parole, or the death penalty. Penalties for second degree murder range from 15 to 25 years to life, or life without parole.

Skilled Murder Defense Attorney in Santa Ana: Protecting your Rights

When you hire Darwish Law to defend you against a murder charge, you will immediately notice that we care about you and genuinely desire to help you. Our top priority will be to have your charges dismissed or to achieve an acquittal at trial, or to seek a favorable plea deal if this is an advantage in your case. We take your trust in us seriously, and you can expect that we will utilize every possible strategy as needed toward the goal of beating this serious charge. Call us now. We are ready to go to work for your defense.