Murder is arguably the most serious of all criminal charges a person can face. In California, the maximum sentence for murder is the death penalty. When facing charges involving the death of another person, whether this was intentional, planned or accidental, you will need a criminal defense lawyer on your side to protect your rights. A Los Angeles criminal lawyer at Okabe & Haushalter may be the right fit for your case.
Often murder or manslaughter charges may be defended by arguing self-defense, insanity and other related affirmative defenses that may result in an acquittal. At our firm, our lawyers have proven experience in dealing with serious crimes such as homicide, manslaughter, and murder. If you or someone you know is charged with any type of offense involving the death of another person, an experienced criminal defense attorney at our firm can help. Every case is unique, and we take the time to give you a thorough evaluation to determine how an attorney at our firm can help.
Our firm handles homicide charges throughout the South Bay and Los Angeles areas. Most attorneys have only handled murder cases if they have been court-appointed or through working at a prosecutor’s office. Very few attorneys have been privately retained to handle a murder case. At Okabe & Haushalter, you can count on a team of sought-after defense attorneys to be by your side. A personal free consultation with a lawyer at our firm will allow us to better assist you based on the applicable facts.
In California, the law is specific in regards to what qualifies as murder and what qualifies as manslaughter. Manslaughter is the lesser of the two charges, as it often involves accidental or unplanned homicide. Murder is typically the planned and premeditated killing of another. Your lawyer will play a crucial role when the prosecution (the State) determines whether to charge you with murder or with manslaughter, as the penalties you face will vary greatly. For instance, while an involuntary manslaughter charge may result in 2, 3 or 4 years in state prison, first-degree murder may result in the death penalty.
At Okabe & Haushalter, you can be confident knowing that you will have the legal experience of a heavyweight in your corner. In fact, one of our founding partners Mark Haushalter is a nationally recognized legal commentator for CNN on the Casey Anthony case – one of the most controversial cases in years.
We have been sought-after and privately retained to handle murder cases, separating us from the rest who only handled these cases when they are court-appointed. With this level of experience and know-how on your side, you can be confident knowing that you will not be dealing with an inexperienced or green lawyer. You will have a prominent attorney representing you – one that truly knows their way around the courtroom. So what are you waiting for? To get the hard-hitting and aggressive defense that you deserve, call today!