California Penal Code 187

Are you facing charges for Murder? Violation of Penal Code 187(a) is a very serious charge. Those convicted can face life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. More than most other crimes, those facing charges for violating this penal code should seek counsel from a skilled California defense attorney.


At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, our attorneys have assisted several clients who have been charged with these violations. Ronald MacGregor, firm partner, has worked on high-profile cases such as the “Zebra Murders” and has done so with success. By taking advantage of their free case evaluation, you may be able to receive penal code information that greatly impacts your case outcome.


PC 187 Defined


According to this penal code, murder is defined as “the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus with malice aforethought.” This means that the defendant had the criminal intent to kill or usually has no regard for human life.


In order to prosecute for Orange County Murder, the state has the burden to prove you are guilty of:


  • 187 (a) First Degree – Any individual who intentionally, willfully or deliberately kills someone.
  • 187 (b) Second Degree – Any individual who kills someone without intent.
  • Causing Sustained Fear


Penalties for CPC 187 Violations


The penalties or punishment for criminal threat depends on what the crime is filed under (felony or misdemeanor), and those found guilty can face a minimum sentence of:


  • First Degree Murder – Twenty five years to life
  • Second Degree Murder – Fifteen years to life
  • Capital Offense – The death penalty or a life sentence without the possibility of parole


There are other penalties that could potentially increase these minimum sentences and it is based on a number of factors. These factors may include the type of weapon that used to kill, defendants who are multiple or repeat offenders, just to name a few. The severity of this crime means that you will have to act with urgency, and that means sourcing a good defense team.


If you are facing charges in California, a MacGregor & Collins, LLP murder defense attorney California can help. With experienced criminal defense attorneys on your side, you may have the ability to have your case dismissed or obtain a not guilty verdict. callĀ 888-250-2865 today to take advantage of a free consultation and see what your options are.

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