First Degree Murder

Orange County Defense Lawyer Fighting for You

If you, a friend or a family member has been charged with or is under investigation for first-degree murder, you cannot afford any delay in securing help from a skilled Orange County criminal defense lawyer. An attorney from our law firm will be prepared to begin work immediately on assembling an effective defense for you. Our firm, the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, is dedicated to defending the rights of the accused and, with 20 years of experience and a proven track record of results, we have the skill and reputation you need on your side in this critical situation.

If you have been charged with first-degree murder, time is of the essence. Defending violent crime charges can be highly challenging, and it is vital that you retain legal representation at the beginning of the criminal process. Our team has extensive working knowledge of the methods involved in building an effective criminal defense strategy including DNA, pathology, ballistics and toxicology testing, as well as polygraph and fingerprint analysis and more.

Defending Against First Degree Murder Charges

First degree and second-degree murder charges differ in that first-degree murder is a homicidecommitted with the intent to kill, with premeditation and deliberation. These are called aggravating factors, as are the following:

  • Poisoning
  • Murdering a pregnant woman
  • Murdering a police officer, fireman or judge

The intent of the accused typically directs the classification and degree of the crime. If you have been charged with any type of homicide, you are in for the fight of your life, but Jacqueline Goodman can stand with you and be a champion for your rights.

Is There a Significant Difference Between Murder and Manslaughter?

There is a distinct difference between murder and manslaughter according to California law. Whereas murder is committed when a person intentionally ends another person's life, manslaughter is committed when a person causes the death of another person unintentionally. A common example of manslaughter is when a person is killed in an auto accident because the other driver was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Even though the driver responsible for the accident did not intentionally kill the other driver, that driver broke the law by drinking more than the legal limit.

Strong Protection for Murder Charges

There are many ways to approach first-degree murder charges. You could pursue exoneration by proving your innocence or negotiate with the District Attorney for a reduction of your charges to the lesser crime of manslaughter. As soon as possible after you have been charged with first-degree murder, contact an Orange County criminal defense attorney from our firm for zealous legal representation to protect your future.

We stand for justice and will stop at nothing to free you from facing a harsh or wrongful conviction.