Attempted Murder Attorney in Los Angeles
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.
Call today to speak with an attorney: (213) 481-6811.
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.
For a free and absolutely confidential consultation,
contact Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer today.