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Attempted Murder Defense Attorney in Los Angeles, CA, Serves Clients Accused of Trying to Kill in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, and All Over Southern California

California law imposes such strict penalties on those accused of attempted murder that you could be looking at years in prison or potentially a life sentence. You need experienced legal representation on your side right away to start putting together a strong defense.

The Law Offices of Christopher Chaney are here to represent your interests and advocate relentlessly for your rights. Contact us today for a confidential consultation with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.

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Attempted Murder Charges in Los Angeles, CA

When it comes to attempted murder, California takes criminal accusations seriously.

Attempted murder is a criminal charge under sections 664/187(a) of the California Penal Code. Section 187(a) establishes murder as the unlawful killing of a human, including a fetus (without the consent of the pregnant person), that is committed with “malice aforethought.” Section 664 establishes the charge of attempting to commit a crime and the penalties that apply to such attempts.

Neither murder nor attempted murder charges are limited to specific acts or causes. Examples of what may constitute attempted murder in California include any of the following actions or plans in which the accused had the intent to kill, but the victim survived:

  • Shooting with any type of firearm or other weapon
  • Stabbing
  • Poisoning
  • Strangling
  • Running down or running over by a car or other vehicle

If you’re facing attempted murder charges in L.A., don’t underestimate the penalties. Even if no lives were lost, a conviction in criminal court could mean throwing away years of your life in prison.

Areas Our Los Angeles Attempted Murder Lawyer Serves

Under California law, the stakes for those accused of attempted murder are very high. That’s why retaining a knowledgeable attempted murder case lawyer to defend you is so important. The Law Offices of Christopher Chaney represent clients charged with attempted murder all over L.A. County and beyond.

The areas we serve include:

  • Antelope Valley: Lancaster, Palmdale, California City, Lake Los Angeles, Rosamond, Sun Village, and Quartz Hill
  • Gateway Cities: Long Beach, Norwalk, Downey, Paramount, Compton, South Gate, Bellflower, Huntington Park, Pico Rivera, Lynwood, Lakewood, and Whittier
  • San Fernando Valley: San Fernando, Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, Hidden Hills, Calabasas, and Universal City
  • San Gabriel Valley: San Gabriel, Pasadena, Alhambra, West Covina, Baldwin Park, Glendora, Monterey Park, Arcadia, and La Puente
  • South Bay: Inglewood, Torrance, Hawthorne, Carson, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, and Hermosa Beach
  • Westside: Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Marina del Rey, Alsace, Ladera Heights, and all of West L.A.

You need a knowledgeable attempted murder defense attorney in Los Angeles, CA, to conduct a thorough investigation into the event that resulted in the criminal charges against you. From our offices in Century City and Van Nuys, we undertake attempted murder charge investigations across L.A. County and beyond.

A Los Angeles Attempted Murder Lawyer Offers Hope for Clients Seeking to Beat the Charges Against Them

As serious as this situation is, a charge of attempted murder in California is not the same as a conviction. With the help of an attempted murder attorney, you could see a more favorable resolution for your case.

Depending on the circumstances, including the charges and the evidence against you, a more favorable outcome might look like one of the following conclusions:

  • Charges being dropped due to lack of permissible evidence
  • Charges being downgraded to less serious offenses, such as manslaughter
  • A strong defense strategy that points out flaws in the prosecution’s case and convinces jurors to issue a not-guilty verdict in a trial
  • A plea agreement that allows you to serve lighter sentences
  • Having your legal rights upheld throughout the legal process

To accomplish any of these outcomes, your lawyer must build you a strong defense based on the evidence. Besides conducting an investigation to turn up any evidence in your favor, your attempted murder lawyer will explore all potential arguments that the prosecution’s case fails to prove one or more of the elements of attempted murder charges.

Elements of Attempted Murder in Los Angeles, California

Under California law, the case against you must establish two elements to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the charge against you. Attempted murder elements include the following:

  1. An intent to kill and
  2. The taking of at least one direct step toward this intention.

A legal defense strategy may lie in arguments that there was no intent to kill either a particular person or others in the kill zone. Based on the facts of the case, including any injuries that occurred, a criminal defense lawyer may argue that the intent was to scare or wound the target without killing them.

If the direct step the prosecutor tries to establish doesn’t amount to the actual implementation of a plan to kill, only the planning itself, your attempted murder lawyer may argue that the case against you fails to prove this element.

Depending on the evidence, your Los Angeles attempted murder lawyer may also pursue arguments like the following:

  • Self-defense
  • Accidental deaths
  • Misidentification
  • False accusations
  • Lack of malice aforethought
  • Insanity

Attempted murder cases are complex matters. The more elements the prosecution must prove, the more opportunities exist for a skilled Los Angeles attempted murder lawyer to counter with a robust defense that raises questions and showcases weaknesses in the case against you.

Contact a Los Angeles Attempted Murder Lawyer at the Law Offices of Christopher Chaney for a Free, Confidential Consultation

It’s time to bring in an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you figure out your next steps. For help from an attempted murder defense attorney in Los Angeles, California, contact the Law Offices of Christopher Chaney online or call (310) 209-3999 today.

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