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If you have been accused of attempted murder in Los Angeles, then you might be wondering what to do so that you can get the best possible defense. This is a serious accusation, and you must take proactive steps to prepare your defense so that you can have the best chance of winning in court. Your first step is to understand exactly what it is you are being accused of doing and to refrain from speaking to anyone about the incident until you have consulted with a legal professional.
Attempted Murder Defined
Under California law, you can be convicted of attempted murder for trying to end another person’s life and failing. However, planning to kill someone is not enough to be convicted of attempted murder. You must take direct steps to act out your plan for the charge to apply to your situation. So, if you had planned to kill someone but later changed your mind, then you are not guilty of this crime. The prosecution must also prove you intended for the individual to die; attempting to harm some is a different violation. You do not have to be accused of trying to kill a particular person for this law to be relevant to your case. Also, shooting at a house in which a person lives is often enough to be found guilty of attempted murder.
If you are arrested for attempted murder, go to trial and lose your case, then you can face a life sentence in a state prison, which could be reduced to a lesser sentence. But if you are charged with attempting to kill a police officer, then you will face a minimum of 15 years in prison. If you are released from prison, then you will face several restrictions. For example, you will no longer be able to own or be in control of a firearm or any other deadly weapon legally.
When it comes to legally defending yourself against an attempted murder charge, you can claim your actions were in self-defense or that you were confused with the actual perpetrator. You must prove your life was in danger and harming the other person was your only means of protecting yourself from death if you acted in self-defence. Proving that you were confused with someone else might be difficult depending on the circumstances. Also, you can build a solid defense if you can prove you were in a different location when the crime took place.
How We Can Help
If you have been accused of attempted murder, then we urge you to contact our law offices so that we can get to work building your defense right away. Waiting longer than needed to enlist the assistance of a qualified legal team makes it that much harder for you to protect yourself. You increase your odds of saying something that could allow the prosecution to win the case. The moment you ask for our help, we will start reviewing the details of your case and come up with the most plausible defense. Although we cannot always guarantee the outcome, if a way to prove you are innocence exists, then we will find it. Being accused of such a terrible crime can be stressful for anyone, but you don’t have to deal with it alone. So, give us a call right now so that you can get the help you need.