Attempted Murder Defense Attorneys
Fresno Criminal Defense Lawyers
Attempted murder is a felony offense and occurs when an individual takes steps towards the murder of another person but fails in their actions. California punishes these crimes harshly and if convicted, you may be facing the possibility of life in prison, substantial fines, and a mark on your criminal record that can follow you for years to come. With your future on the line, it is imperative to contact the Fresno criminal attorneys at Wapner Jones, PC as soon as possible. Our lead attorneys are both former prosecutors with substantial experience helping clients to defend their freedom.
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Elements of Attempted Murder
There are two aspects which a prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt in order to secure a conviction. First, it must be demonstrated that an individual intended to commit the act of murder, however, proving intent can be tremendously complex. For example, the prosecution must show that an attempt was made to kill another person and not to cause serious bodily harm. In addition, the defendant must have taken direct action towards a murder, threats alone are not enough. While each case will be unique, possible examples of a direct action can include firing a gun at a person’s chest or swinging a bat at a person’s head.
Charges and Punishments
In California, the punishments associated with attempted murder are dependent on the “degree” of the crime. First-degree attempted murder is punishable by life in prison with the possibility of parole. Crimes of the second degree are punishable by up to nine years in prison. Penalties can also increase depending on factors such as a defendant’s past criminal history as well as who the crime was committed against. For example, acts of violence taken against law enforcement can have harsh minimum sentences.
Additional penalties for attempted murder can include:
- Fines of up to $10,000
- A “strike” on your criminal record
- Inability to own a firearm
Secure Award-Winning Criminal Defense
Murder and attempted murder are among the most serious crimes of which a person can be accused. The prosecution may be pushing for a maximum sentence from the outset and you need uncompromising legal advocacy in your corner to protect your freedom. Our Fresno criminal defense attorneys possess more than five decades of legal experience and understand how the opposing counsel is likely to structure the case against you. When your future and reputation are at risk, contact Wapner Jones, P.C and rest assured that your case is in knowledgeable and experienced hands.
Call (559) 257-4707 and find out where you stand in your case.