Fullerton First-Degree Murder Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with or are under investigation for first-degree murder, you cannot afford any delay in securing help from a skilled defense lawyer. Attorney Jacqueline Goodman from The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman in Fullerton is always prepared to begin work immediately on assembling an effective defense for clients in dire situations. She personally has more than 20 years of criminal defense experience, building an impressive history of successful case results along the way.
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. Attorney Goodman can give you the best chance of a successful defense by utilizing her in-depth knowledge of criminal law and how to undo the trends and strategies used by prosecutions.
Some of Attorney Goodman’s advanced defense techniques involve:
- DNA results
- Ballistics and toxicology testing
- Polygraph and fingerprint analysis
Defending Against First-Degree Murder Charges
First-degree and second-degree murder charges differ in that first-degree murder is a homicide committed with premeditation and deliberation. Aggravating factors in a case can also escalate a charge to first-degree. The identity of the victim and how the murder is carried out are often the roots of an aggravating factor in a murder case.
Examples of aggravating factors that can escalate murder charges in California are:
- Poisoning to commit murder
- Murdering a pregnant woman
- Murdering a public official
- Murdering a police officer
The intent of the accused typically directs the classification and degree of the crime as well. The prosecution will likely focus on trying to prove you had every intention to commit murder. Part of Attorney Jacqueline Goodman’s defense strategy for your case could be proving you did not, which could lower your charges to manslaughter. It is also possible that unraveling the prosecution’s perspective could cause them to falter, allowing the case to be dismissed.
Is There a Significant Difference Between Murder & 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. There was no intent to kill another person, but the illegal act of driving while drunk caused a death all the same.
Strong Protection for Murder Charges in Fullerton
There are many ways to approach first-degree murder charges, such as exoneration by proving your innocence or negotiations with the District Attorney for a reduction of your charges to the lesser crime of manslaughter. Rather than trying to navigate this complex system on your own and put your future in jeopardy, work with Fullerton first-degree murder defense Attorney Goodman. With your case in her hands, you can be confident that you have a fair chance in and out of court.