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Attempted murder is a serious offense. Under the California Penal Code 187 PC, is a unique special consideration offense. If you are convicted of attempted murder in the state of California, you could receive a very long prison sentence. If you are arrested for this crime, it is up to the prosecutor to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that you:
1. Were trying to kill the person or fetus
2. You actually made a successful but failed attempt to kill the person or fetus.
In some cases, this can be a very high bar for a prosecutor. This is why an individual who has been accused of attempted murder should never take anything for granted. If you have arrested or accused, you should seek out an experienced attorney to take on your case a quickly as possible.
Let’s take a closer look at the elements and what the prosecution needs to prove to secure a conviction:
If you are convicted of attempted murder under the California state Penal Code 187, you could receive a lengthy prison sentence. Attempted murder in the state of California falls into two categories:
There are also additional penalties such as fines of up to $10,000, restitution payments to the victim and the loss of possessing a firearm. Additionally, California has a “three strikes” rule. If this is your third felony strike, you could receive a mandatory 25-years-to-life sentence.
If the attempted murder is gang-related, sentencing under California law can be enhanced. You could face 15-years-to-life if you are found to have promoted or participated with a gang.
If you are accused of attempted murder, find legal representation asap. You will need an experienced attorney to evaluate your case. No attempted murder cases is the same. There are different circumstances and scenarios. A defense that is good for one may not be good for the next person.
Let a skilled attempted murder lawyer help you today. They will go to bat and fight for your rights.