Violent criminal charges such as assault and homicide carry some of the harshest penalties possible under California law. At the Law Offices of Hanlon & Rief in San Francisco, we are prepared to provide you with an aggressive defense based on more than 40 years of experience. We have represented clients in more than 100 homicide trials, and we are known for our successful track record. From unique settlements to trials, we will work with you to make the best decisions for your case.
Homicide Case Result: Our client faced two counts of homicide, attempted murder, assault, robbery and burglary. The defendant was acquitted by jury trial of all charges, with the exception of burglary.
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If you are facing a serious, violent criminal charge, you need a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. We know this is a difficult, frightening time for you and your family. We will work closely with you and keep you informed during each phase of your case. Contact us now at 415-906-3423 for a free, private consultation. All communication with our firm is protected by the attorney-client privilege.
Penalties For Violent Crimes In California
We offer the following preliminary information regarding your assault, battery, homicide or murder charge to help you understand what you are facing and why your choice of criminal defense attorney is critical:
- Murder: First- and second-degree homicide in California are extremely serious crimes. The punishment for first-degree murder is a life sentence without parole, 25 years to life or death. Second-degree murder carries a prison sentence of 15 years to life. There are enhancements, however, which can significantly increase a sentence.
- Manslaughter: Voluntary manslaughter (unpremeditated murder) carries a jail sentence up to 11 years. Involuntary manslaughter (murder as a result of negligence) carries up to a four-year prison sentence.
- Vehicular manslaughter: Vehicular manslaughter charges carry more severe penalties. Often these charges accompany a DWI arrest.
- Assault and battery: Penalties for assault and battery can each include up to six months incarceration and a fine, but sentencing varies depending on the circumstances of the charge(s). If the victim sustains severe harm or if the offense is committed against a police officer or on school grounds, for example, the jail sentence and fines can be significantly higher.
At the Law Offices of Hanlon & Rief, we value honesty and openness with our clients. We want you to tell us everything. There is nothing you can say that will make us not want to fight for your cause.
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With your freedom and future on the line, the time to act is now. Call 415-906-3423 or email our law firm if you or a loved one is facing violent criminal charges in California. We will provide you with a free case evaluation and help you understand your options.