A client faced trial in Alameda County for a special-circumstances murder case that ultimately resulted in probation instead of prison. Pursuant to a plea agreement negotiated by associate attorney Alex P. Guilmartin reached mid-trial, our client was convicted of voluntary manslaughter instead of murder and allowed to return to his state of residence. Client faced a maximum of 6 years in prison, but with the outstanding advocacy skills of Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC’s Alex P. Guilmartin, Esq., he was given probation instead.
The distinction between manslaughter and murder is whether there was premeditated malice prior to the unlawful killing. Murder is an intentional, unlawful killing. An unlawful killing that was committed without malice aforethought is called manslaughter.
It is important to note that a charge of murder carries different consequences than manslaughter. The punishment for committing murder under CA PC §187 is at least 15 years in prison and can extend to a life sentence depending on the underlying circumstances and other factors. However, if convicted of manslaughter under CA PC §192(a), the sentencing can range between 3, 6, or eleven years in state prison, substantially less than a murder conviction.
A skilled attorney like Alex P. Guilmartin and the other attorneys at Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC understands the nuances of complex murder cases and is able to utilize every legal option available in your defense. Our Alameda County criminal defense attorneys will scour through every piece of evidence, file every motion applicable, and stop at nothing to obtain the best result possible in your matter.
Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC can help you with your Alameda County matter, or any county in California. Our firm offers free initial consultations as well as reasonable fees and financing options to help you get the best outcome possible. Our attorneys are available to discuss your specific situation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also have three Bay Area office locations located in San Francisco, Dublin, and Redwood City, California to meet your needs.
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