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 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 consultation with our attorney by calling (619) 332-1703.


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