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San Diego Murder Attorney

Representation from a Former Police Officer & Criminal Investigator

As you would expect, murder charges are taken very seriously in California. Fighting against a murder charge requires thorough investigation and evidence-based defense strategies. At Rodriguez Law Firm, we have a long history of success defending clients against murder charges. Founding attorney John Rodriguez is a former police officer and criminal investigator. He understands what the prosecution needs to do in order to secure a conviction and what a skilled defense lawyer can do to counter their strategy.

We provide a safe space to discuss your situation and the charges against you. As a knowledgeable immigration lawyer, Mr. Rodriguez has defended clients of all immigration statuses.

Discuss your case with a trusted murder attorney in San Diego. Call (619) 332-1703 today to request a free initial consultation.

First-Degree Murder

Murder in the first degree is the most serious category of this crime, and it therefore receives the most severe penalties. If a murder was planned ahead of time, it is considered premeditated, which qualifies it as a first-degree murder. First-degree murder can involve ambushing, poisoning, or killing someone while committing a qualifying felony offense.

Qualifying felonies include:

  • Kidnapping
  • Arson
  • Mayhem
  • Rape
  • First- or second-degree sexual assault
  • Sodomy
  • Burning a barn, stable, or warehouse that contains cattle, horses, or goods
  • Carjacking
  • Escaping from custody
  • Manufacturing or possessing destructive devices
  • Burglary
  • Robbery

Those convicted of first-degree murder will face life in prison with or without parole.

Second-Degree Murder

In California, murder in the second degree refers to the willful taking of a life, but without deliberation or premeditation. An example of this type of murder is when one person kills another during the heat of an argument. You could also be charged with second-degree murder for killing someone while driving under the influence.

We Are Prepared to Fight for You

No matter the circumstances of your arrest or the charges against you, our San Diego murder attorney can help. Our innovative and skilled approach to criminal defense has helped many clients through complex legal cases. During this extremely difficult time, we can be there for you and your family as we work together to fight for the best possible outcome.

Schedule your free, in-person consultation with our attorney by calling (619) 332-1703.

Clients Share Their Experience

  • He was kind and empathetic to my husband's situation but also took the time to be honest and explain the risks.

    “This process took over a year because of the court's backlog but through it, all John stayed positive, kept us on track, and my family and I couldn't be more grateful and thankful for all of his hard work.”

    - Kristen S.
  • I was really confident in sending out my GC application after working with them.

    “They answered all my questions!”

    - Chen D.
  • Mr. Rodriguez and Amy! Been a great help during my immigration process.

    “They are professional and they reply to your inquiries quickly.”

    - Hamza S.
  • Above all, he is culturally competent and sensitive, and treats all his clients alike, with the same respect, providing "extreme" customer service.

    “John will analyze your case, and will achieve the best possible outcome.”

    - Steve C.
  • I now have confidence that my children's father may have a chance in becoming legal.

    “I highly recommend him he's very knowledgable and helps you understand how the process will go.”

    - Natalie M.
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Case Results

  • Jury Trial Won Continuous Child Molestation (hired by an attorney as a trial consultant)
  • Jury Trial Won Attempted Murder of Police Officer (faced Life in prison)
  • Case Dismissed Assault with a Deadly Weapon – with a pick axe (hired by an attorney as trial consultant) sexual assault
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    John R. Rodriguez

    Founding Attorney

    John R. Rodriguez is a San Diego skilled trial lawyer with experience that will make a difference in your criminal or immigration case. His combined experience as a trial lawyer, former police officer, and as a private investigator has culminated into a successful legal career with a proven track record that his clients can rely on. My personal commitment: I grew up in Houston where hard work, doing my best, and fighting for what is right were important values in the Latino community. It is my ...
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Why Choose Rodriguez Law Firm?

Your Success is Our Success
  • Mission

    We are here to help immigrant families live the American dream.  We do this by offering competitive Fees and Payments Plans designed to help you afford our services.

  • Commitment

    Our commitment to our clients will never waiver.  We strive to always provide our clients with professional services and the best legal solutions available.

  • Honesty

    We understand that clients need to trust their attorney.  We work hard to earn your trust by being transparent and honest with our legal advice and proposed solutions.

  • Integrity

    Our integrity is the key to a successful Attorney-Client relationship.  We are committed to always serving your best interest with integrity and respect.

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