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Violent Crime - Murder

San Francisco Murder Defense Lawyer

Violent crime refers to events such as homicide, rape, robbery and assault that result in an injury to a person. Homicides are arguably the most serious of these violent crimes and may be prosecuted as either of the following:

  • Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice. There are 3 types of manslaughter: voluntary, involuntary and vehicular.
  • Murder charges (first and second degree) allege the intentional killing of another with malice (which can be hatred or merely disregard of his/her life).

First Degree Murder

First degree murder is the most serious. There are two ways that a murder can be deemed “first degree” under California Penal Code Section 189: either because it displays “premeditation”or because it was committed in the perpetration, or attempt to perpetrate, certain felonies. This latter category constitutes what is known as the “Felony Murder Doctrine” and its implications are very broad. A typical example is a robbery involving more than one criminal, in which one of them kills someone. Even if the death were accidental, all of the participants could be found guilty of felony murder, including those who did no harm, had no weapon, and/or did not intend to hurt anyone. Furthermore, if one of the co-conspirators is killed, his/her fellow robbers can be charged with murder.

Contact an Experienced Oakland Manslaughter Defense Attorney

If you or someone you care about is facing serious criminal allegations, it is imperative that you seek the assistance of legal counsel immediately. With today's inflated sentences for all types of violent charges, it is more important than ever to obtain a superior advocate for your side. The sooner your defense lawyer can get started working on your case, the more opportunities will be available to combat the prosecution at every step of the process.

For more than 20 years, Seth P. Chazin has used formidable criminal defense strategies that consistently defeat the complex charges involved in violent cases.As a skilled San Francisco murder defense attorney, he has developed unique tactics that have produced remarkable benefits for his clients. If you need help related to murder, manslaughter or any other serious criminal charges, call 800-499-9902 or contact The Law Offices of Seth P. Chazin online for a free consultation now.


DID YOU KNOW? If anyone is killed in the midst of a carjacking, regardless of how accidental the killing or by whose hand and/or weapon, the would-be carjacker(s) may face the death penalty?


“The death penalty is a lie, a misguided mistake born of anger and frustration. Capital punishment has become a perverse monument to inequality, to how some lives matter and others do not. It is a violent example of how we protect and value the rich and abandon and devalue the poor. The death penalty is a grim, disturbing shadow formed by the legacy of racial apartheid and bias against the poor that condemns the disfavored among us, but corrupts us all. It’s the perverse symbol elected officials use to strengthen their ‘tough on crime’ reputations and distract us from confronting the causes of violence. It is finally the enemy of grace, redemption and all of us who recognize that each person is more than their worse act.”
- Bryan Stevenson