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As you have surely heard on the news already, the infamous Golden State Killer has recently been arrested after law enforcement officials spent some 40 years hunting for him. 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. was apprehended at his Citrus Heights home on Tuesday April 24, after he was finally identified through a genealogy website. While investigators had been certain that the Golden State Killer, and the Original Night Stalker as he was also referred to, was a police officer for quite some time, it was only recently that they had been able to definitively identify their suspect.
DeAngelo, who was known as a cantankerous old man with a penchant for swearing and an obsession with maintaining a meticulous lawn by his neighbors, stands accused of raping at least 46 women and killing a young couple in Sacramento, before slaying 10 more people in their own homes in Southern California. The known crimes committed by DeAngelo occurred between 1973 and 1986.
If you have been arrested and are facing charges of murder, homicide, or manslaughter you need the best criminal defense attorney available. At Okabe & Haushalter, we have decades of experience in handling cases relating to the most serious of crimes, and a proven record of success. When the charges you are facing potentially carry the death sentence, you cannot take the risk of instructing a lesser known lawyer to help decide your fate.
When you work with our San Francisco criminal defense attorney, you can be confident that your case, and your future, are in expert hands. We pledge to work tirelessly to build the strongest possible defense on your behalf, arguing self-defense, insanity, or any other affirmative defense that may work in your favor. The approach we take will also depend on whether the death you allegedly caused was accidental, intentional, or pre-meditated.
Where the death was accidental, a lesser charge of manslaughter may be applicable. Involving, as it does, an accidental or unplanned death, manslaughter carries typical sentences of 2, 3 or 4 years in state prison. First degree murder, at the opposite end of the scale, could result in the death penalty.
Whatever the circumstances surrounding your case, your San Francisco criminal defense attorney will dedicate their time and expertise to obtaining a satisfactory verdict on your behalf.
Every case is different, and even the charges of murder, manslaughter and homicide can cover a multitude of scenarios. When dealing with a charge as serious as this, you San Francisco criminal defense attorney will need as much time as possible to ensure your case is strong. This is particularly true when you also face additional charges, such as rape or other sexual offenses.
To discuss your case with an esteemed San Francisco criminal defense attorney, and enable us to build the most watertight case possible on your behalf, schedule your initial consultation by calling us today on 310-430-7799.