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Being arrested for and charged with murder can have profound impacts on your life. The crime is taken very seriously, and the punishments could include life in prison or even death. The prosecutor will do everything in their power to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the offense, and going up against such an opponent without the help of a skilled attorney could prove costly.

At Jay Jaffe Attorney at Law, I, Attorney Jay Jaffe, have over 40 years of experience providing sound legal representation to those facing criminal charges. Throughout my years defending even the most complex cases, I have used my knowledge, skills, and legal acumen to develop solid defenses to challenge the prosecutor's allegations. When you turn to my firm for effective counsel, I will provide the personalized attention you need. I will take the time to examine the facts of your circumstances and identify weaknesses in the other side's case.

Schedule your free consultation today by calling (310) 439-8260 or contacting Jay Jaffe Attorney at Law online.

California's Murder Laws

In California, a person commits murder when they unlawfully take someone else's life, and they did so with "malice aforethought." Acting with malice means that the person knowingly engaged in behavior that would result in the other's death.

There are two types of malice:

  • Express: This is when someone intentionally took someone's life
  • Implied: This occurs when a person engages in conduct that they knew could cause someone else's death by continued without regard for human life

First-Degree and Second-Degree Murder

Under California laws, there are two degrees of murder:

First-degree: A person commits this offense when they take someone's life in any of the following ways:

  • Use of destructive device or explosive
  • Use of a weapon of mass destruction
  • Use of ammunition designed to go through metal or armor
  • Use of poison
  • Lying in wait
  • Torture
  • During the commission or attempted commission of arson, rape, carjacking, robbery, burglary, mayhem, kidnapping, train wrecking
  • Shooting a firearm from a motor vehicle

Second-degree: An individual could be charged with this offense if they take another person's life in a way not defined as first-degree

The Potential Conviction Penalties

As mentioned earlier, murder is one of the most serious offenses in the state. The punishments are severe and could affect you for the rest of your life.

The penalties for a murder conviction are as follows:


  • Death,
  • Life in prison, without the possibility of parole
  • Up to 25 years in prison

If a person committed murder as a hate crime, their prison sentence could be life without the possibility of parole.


  • 15 years to life in prison
  • If the victim was a peace officer, 25 years to life in prison

Get the Legal Counsel You Need

If you're facing a murder charge in Los Angeles, hiring a hard-hitting lawyer with in-depth knowledge of the law is important. I, Attorney Jay Jaffe, can be that representation for you. I am a Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of California and

To tell your side of the story during a one-on-one consultation, work with an experienced Los Angeles murder defense lawyer. Call me at (310) 439-8260 or contact me online.

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