Criminal Defense Attorneys

Criminal Defense Attorneys

Law Offices of Tony M. Seyfi, A Professional Law Corporation

Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes, Alcohol and Drug Offenses, White Collar and Theft Crimes, Juvenile Matters

First Degree Murder

Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought. Malice may be shown by premeditation, use of poison or lying in wait. Murder can also be charged if the killing occurs during the commission of a felony, such as robbery, rape, kidnapping or arson. If charged with murder, the degree of seriousness is dependent upon the mindset of the person who committed the act resulting in death.

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In California, murder may be charged in the first or second degree. First degree Murder is an aggravated version of manslaughter because it usually involves planning or the specific intent to kill. Sophisticated killings and murders involving clear planning and premeditation are usually charged as a first degree murder, whereas murders caused by recklessness or killings in the course of a less serious felony such as shoplifting or battery may be charged as second degree murder.

Under California Law if one is found guilty of first degree murder with special circumstances, he or she may be sentenced to death. Second degree murder may carry a life sentence depending on the criminal record of the defendant.

An accidental killing may be prosecuted as murder if the act causing death was done with a reckless disregard for the safety of others. A drunk driver who causes a traffic accident resulting in death can be prosecuted for manslaughter or murder.

Defenses to Murder

Numerous defenses are available to a murder charge. An experienced attorney must carefully examine the case to find out what particular defense must be alleged and argued.


One common defense is "alibi". Here, defendant claims that he or she was not present at the crime location at the time and place the killings are said to have taken place. n alibi defense requires detailed examination of all reports and schedules and time lines. The time of the killing must be established using experts and sometimes autopsy. A forensic expert and an experienced investigator must also be hired to check the circumstances of the homicide and cross-check all events and study the possibility of defendant's presence at the crime location when it occurred.

Witness statements must be obtained from defendant's and victimís employer and/or co-workers, family members, and friends to corroborate defendantís alibi defense. This includes only some of the investigation and preparation that needs to be done to present an alibi defense in a murder case. An alibi defense is case specific and requires the study of the totality of the circumstances by an experienced attorney in the area of murder defense.

"Other Defenses"

Other defenses to a murder charge include "lack of mental capacity" or "insanity", "misfortunate accident", and "self-defense". Another common defense to murder is self-defense. Here, the defendant claims he was forced to kill to save his own life. California requires that self-defense do not exceed the scope of force reasonably necessary to defend off the actual threat of death. Another mitigating factor used in defense of Murder is "lack of the intent to kill". Generally defendant raises the issue that the death was caused as a result of an accident or an act of ordinary negligence. Other mitigating defenses may be raised such as the so called diminished capacity or killing in the heat of passion. This will seek to show that the defendant acted in the heat of passion because he was unable to reasonably control his own actions under the sensitive circumstances. For a free consultation, CALL 866-533-3363

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Criminal prosecution can affect your health, freedom, employment, and social life. You need help and you need the best criminal defense you can get. At the Law Offices of Tony M. Seyfi, with the state of the art computerized legal research tools and forensic techniques, we will focus on identifying the defenses you may have and will develop numerous challenges to any crime possible.

Our goal is victory for our clients and to keep them from going to jail, and we are confident of our defense strategies. If you would like to discuss your case, call us today for a FREE CONSULTATION and case analysis.

Law Offices of Tony M. Seyfi,
Criminal Defense Attorney
9777 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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Tel: (818) 788-2010

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