Murder / Attempt

California Murder Lawyers in Orange County

Definition of Murder

The unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought. Malice can be shown by premeditation, poison or lying in wait. A murder charge can also occur if it occurs during the commission of another felony, like robbery, rape, arson or kidnapping. The degree of seriousness for a murder charge is dependent on the mindset of the person who committed the murder.

Degrees of Murder

California law identifies first degree murder and second degree murder. First degree murder constitutes an aggravated version of manslaughter because the premeditation is planned, with the specific intent to kill. Second degree murder constitutes recklessness or killings through the course of a less serious felony. Sophisticated killings and murders involve clear planning and premeditation beforehand. Individuals convicted of first degree murder may be sentenced to death or incarceration for life. Second degree murder may carry an indeterminate life sentence.
​If an individual showcased reckless disregard for the safety of others during an accidental killing, then that individual can be charged with murder.


Potential Defenses to Murder​

There are a number of defenses that are used to challenge murder charges. The criminal defense attorneys at Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke carefully examine each case to determine the existence of any defense.


Call Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke if you have been charged with murder. We will fight to protect your rights and create a defense that works for you.
Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke is located in Orange County and represents surrounding areas including Newport Beach, Westminster, Santa Ana, and Fullerton. Call Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke today to schedule a free case evaluation.