When you are charged with attempted murder, it is not something to take lightly. Murder is one of the most serious crimes in the country, and California’s Penal Code 664 makes it clear that just attempting to kill someone can lead to severe penalties including life imprisonment. Depending on the circumstances, a conviction of attempted first or second degree murder can result in up to nine years in state prison.

To be convicted of the crime, prosecutors must prove that you acted with specific intent to kill and that you took at least one direct step toward killing the victim. This can include firing a weapon in the direction of the intended victim, paying a hit man to kill them, or any other action that would have led to the victim’s death if outside forces had not intervened.

The prosecution may also charge you with attempted murder if you inflict injury to another person for the purpose of causing extreme pain and suffering or for any other sadistic reason. Torture charges are a common alternative to criminal charges of attempted murder and are punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Defending an attempt murder charge requires a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who understands the law and has experience winning these types of cases. The legal team at Spolin Law P.C. will use their extensive knowledge of California law and top-tier education to create a strong legal strategy for your case.