Facing Homicide/Murder Allegations?
Capital murder (first-degree murder with special circumstances)
Gross vehicular manslaughter
Reckless manslaughter (vehicular)
Voluntary manslaughter/involuntary manslaughter
Murder is the most serious criminal charge you can face. It is the only criminal conviction that is punishable by death or life in prison without parole. If you are looking at a murder charge, the first thing you need to do is STOP TALKING. This means to everyone and anyone – your family members, friends, accomplices, neighbors, girlfriends, boyfriends, wives and husbands (Note: The spousal privilege is held by your spouse, not you). There is nothing more heartbreaking than watching a loved one scramble to avoid testifying against you after receiving a subpoena.
The only words out of your mouth if you are approached by the police on a murder charge should be “I want a lawyer.” You CANNOT talk your way out of a murder charge no matter how much you cooperate with the police or how much you believe you have a defense. Demanding a lawyer is not an admission of guilt and does not come into evidence. What comes into evidence is what you say to the police. A lawyer simply protects you, and you have a constitutional right to have one present during your questioning. Ask for your lawyer and then stop talking.
Roberta Brooks has more than 20 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney and will investigate, create, and argue a compelling case on your behalf. She will fight relentlessly for your constitutional rights.
The firm provides criminal defense representation for clients throughout Northern California.