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Fresno Homicide Defense Attorney

Homicide, Murder & Manslaughter Charges in California

I have worked on special circumstances murder cases and have also defended in attempted murder cases. Even as a law student, I was trusted to argue before the court to keep out all gang evidence in a special circumstances double homicide. After succeeding at that, I went on to assist in many other areas of the trial.

I also have experience on my own as a Fresno homicide attorney in special circumstances murder and attempted murder cases. In one case involving charges of first-degree murder with gang enhancements, I managed to get the charges reduced to assault charges.

This saved my client from a possibility of life in prison. Note that every case is different. This result does not mean that your case will receive a similar result. It depends on the facts of each individual case.

For specific information, you’ll need to call me at (559) 540-8899 for your free consultation.

What Is the Difference Between Manslaughter, Homicide and Murders?

Homicide and murder cases are obviously time-intensive cases, nearly always requiring special motions, significant battles over discovery (information needed to be obtained from the District Attorney, including police reports), and may sometimes include taking a piece of the case to the Appeals Court even before a trial.

When I take on such significant cases, I obviously charge much more than for a typical case so that I can reduce the number of other cases I will accept. This allows me to have the time necessary to devote to the issues at hand. It allows me to ensure that despite the time required, I can still make sure my mission is focused on your case.

Defenses to these charges can require investigations not only in cases where you’ve been mistakenly accused, but even more so in cases where your defense is self-defense, defense of others, accident, or some other form of showing that you did not intentionally murder the victim.

In fact, the reason this page covers homicide, murder, and manslaughter and not just murder is that they are different:

  • Homicides involve someone being killed, just as murders do, but they aren’t the same. A homicide may be justifiable, including in the case of self-defense or the defense of someone else. A homicide may also be excusable, meaning that it resulted from an accident or some other kind of misfortune.
  • Manslaughter typically involves things like killing someone in the heat of passion or through the mistaken belief that you needed to defend yourself or someone else. Manslaughter also commonly occurs when someone drives drunk or in a grossly negligent manner and, as a result, another person is killed.
  • Murders, too, fall into different categories, including various types of first-degree, second-degree, and felony murders.

If you’ve been accused of any of these crimes, you need a homicide attorney in Fresno who will take the time, and energy to apply all his knowledge, skill and experience to fight for your rights.

Contact my office at (559) 540-8899 today to discuss your case. I offer free initial case evaluations, as well as legal services in English and Spanish.


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