Being charged with a homicide is often an emotional and confusing experience for everyone involved. The term “homicide” encompasses multiple crimes, and the best way to navigate this complicated charge is to have an experienced criminal homicide defense attorney on your side. At Russell J. Clanton and Associates we have multiple attorneys that have successfully defended clients charged with homicide and can counsel you on the most effective legal strategy for your case.
Types of Homicide
People often use the terms “homicide” and “murder” interchangeably; however, legally the two terms are very different. Homicide in general is defined as the killing of one human being by another, either lawfully or unlawfully. The California Penal Code defines the different types of homicides that can be committed.
The punishments for the different types of homicide are as wide ranging as the types of crimes. If convicted for first degree murder you will face a minimum of 25 years to life in prison, and under special circumstances you could face the death penalty. However, if the court finds that you committed an excusable or justifiable homicide you are not guilty of any crime. An experienced criminal homicide defense attorney knows the rights, protections, and defenses that can help make the difference in homicide cases.
Homicide Defense Attorneys Can Help
A good defense against a homicide charge starts before you get to the courtroom. If you or a loved one has been charged with a homicide or is under investigation in the Humboldt, Del Norte, or Trinity County areas it is imperative that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney at once. With over 30 years of combined experience the attorneys at Russell J. Clanton and Associates will provide you with the personalized and vigorous defense that you need. Contact the office at 707.825.6587 to schedule a free and confidential consultation of your case.