In California, there are varying degrees of homicide. California Penal Code section 187 defines “murder” as the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought. Based on the facts of the case, homicide is commonly charged as either Murder in the first or second degree, Capital murder, capital murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, among other charges.  Defenses to a homicide charge range from self-defense and accidental death to insanity or illegal search and seizure.

It is critical that anyone who is charged or concerned with such charges being filed speak to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Working with an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you get a more favorable judgement in you case, as well as help navigate the complex criminal justice system.

Regardless of your circumstance, you are not alone in your fight. If you or someone you love is facing criminal charges, time is of the essence. Contact the Law Office of Christopher Chaney today for a free consultation, and we will assist with finding a solution to whatever problem you may face. 

Criminal Law Practice Areas



There are many different kinds of homicide in California, from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter. All charges of homicide are serious and have serious implications.


Drug Cases

Possessing a controlled substance is one of the most common criminal charges. Whether you have been charged for possession or drug trafficking, we can fight the charges you face.


Domestic Violence

Any kind of abuse or violence among family members, domestic partners, or spouses is considered domestic violence. Accusations of domestic violence are complicated, but we will sort out the facts and fight the charges made against you.


Probation Violations

It can be incredibly easy to unknowingly violate the terms of your probation and land right back in jail or prison. Having a knowledgable attorney at your hearing is the first step in fighting a probation violation charge.


Assault & Battery

These charges are incredibly complex and interwoven. Assault could mean you willfully tried to inflict force while battery means you actually harmed someone.


Theft Crimes

If you\’ve been accused of a theft crime, your reputation and freedom are on the line. In the state of California, theft crimes cover a wide range of offenses, from misdemeanors to felonies. Our firm can help defend you in the face of a stressful situation.


DUI and DUI Expungements

Being convicted of a DUI can have serious consequences. The goal of our representation is to get the best outcome in your DUI case. We\’ll assess your options, protect your rights, and make sure you have a fighting chance in court.


Sex Crimes

Sex crimes can include charges of rape, possessing child pornography, or soliciting a prostitute, and more. Don\’t let a sex crime conviction ruin your life and your reputation—we can help.


Misdemeanor Offenses

Even misdemeanor offenses such as shoplifting, public intoxication, or disorderly conduct can have serious penalties. You should never think that if you plead guilty to a misdemeanor, you can quickly put it behind you.

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