Attempted Murder Attorney in Los Angeles

Criminal Attempt

In the eyes of the law, attempting to commit a crime is still a punishable offense, even if the crime wasn’t actually carried out. There are two elements of attempting to commit a crime: (1) intending to commit the crime and (2) taking significant (although ineffective) steps in furtherance. One of the most serious criminal offenses a person can attempt to commit is the crime of murder. If you have been accused of attempting to commit murder, you will need a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer immediately.

To be convicted of attempted murder, the prosecution must prove two things:

  • The defendant had a specific intention to commit the offense, and
  • The defendant took a direct, yet ineffective, step toward committing the crime.

An attorney at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners can help you understand your charges and assess which defenses may apply to your case. With over 70 years of combined experience, you can trust us to guide you through your case with skill, tenacity, and professionalism.


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Penalties for Attempted Murder

Attempt law is intended to punish a person who tries to commit a crime (e.g., attempted murder, attempted rape, and attempted robbery), but fails to actually complete the crime. The penalty for the attempted crime depends upon the severity of the crime, but is typically punishable by a sentence equivalent to one-half of the sentence for the completed crime. However, an exception exists for attempted murder. A deliberate, willful, and premeditated murder attempt can land the defendant in state prison for life without the possibility of parole, which is why it is absolutely critical to hire an experienced attorney to defend you. Choosing the right lawyer could mean the difference between your freedom and a lifetime of incarceration.

Contact an Experienced Defense Attorney Today

Even if you didn’t actually commit the crime of murder, you can still be harshly punished if you are convicted of attempt. Our firm has handled hundreds and hundreds of serious criminal matters in and around Los Angeles County and knows the best ways to protect clients from even the most serious criminal charges. Call us today to learn more about your legal options and to begin mounting your defense.

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