Woodland Hills Murder Defense Attorney

A Former Prosecutor with Extensive Trial Experience for Your Murder Defense in LA & Ventura Counties

Murder is the most serious type of homicide charge in California. The incarceration penalties are severe and could last a lifetime. At the Law Office of Ali Ziai, we are prepared to take on your murder case and defend you steadfastly in court. As a former prosecutor for over a decade, Attorney Ali Ziai knows how the other side thinks, and he can use this experience to formulate a compelling defense strategy against your charges. The state has significant resources at its disposal, so you should equip yourself with equally powerful representation. Attorney Ziai is comfortable in the courtroom and will put his years of trial experience to use as he fights for you in court.

Call (818) 600-6477 or contact the Law Office of Ali Ziai online for a free consultation to get started on your defense immediately. Farsi services are available.

First-Degree Murder

First-degree murder involves premeditated (planned) killings. 

First-degree murder might occur in one of the following ways:

  • Using a destructive device or explosive, a weapon of mass destruction, ammunition to penetrate metal or armor, or poison
  • Lying in wait
  • Inflicting torture pursuant to pc 206
  • Committing a willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing
  • Killing someone while committing certain felonies (felony-murder)

Note that the presence of certain circumstances will elevate a first-degree murder offense to a capital murder offense.

First-degree murder is punishable by 25 years to life in state prison. If the murder was a hate crime (a crime based on the alleged victim’s race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and/or nationality), the punishment is life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Capital Murder

First-degree murder that occurs under special circumstances — as identified by California Penal Code 190.2 — is considered capital murder. In fact, some might refer to capital murder as “first-degree murder with special circumstances.” 

Some of the circumstances that warrant a capital murder charge include:

  • Killing for financial gain
  • Killing more than one person
  • Killing a police officer, firefighter, prosecutor, judge, juror, or elected official
  • Killing a witness to prevent giving testimony
  • Killing because of the person’s race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin
  • Drive-by shooting
  • Gang killing

Capital murder is punishable by capital punishment or life in prison without the possibility of parole. However, the state announced a temporary moratorium on executions in 2019, halting the death penalty procedure.

“What sets Ali apart from some of the other attorneys I have had experience with, and probably from most attorneys, actually, are his communication skills and his compassion for his clients.”

Second-Degree Murder

Second-degree murder is also the willful killing of another person. However, as opposed to first-degree murder, second-degree murder is not premeditated. Generally, any murder that is not first-degree murder is second-degree murder. Some examples include shooting a gun into a crowded room and killing someone or a repeat DUI offender causing an accident resulting in death.

Second-degree murder is punishable by 15 years to life in state prison. However, the following aggravating circumstances can increase the sentence:

  • The defendant served a prior murder sentence: Life without possibility of parole
  • The defendant shot from a vehicle and intended to cause serious injury: 20 years to life
  • The alleged victim is a peace officer: 25 years to life
  • The alleged victim is a peace officer, and the defendant intended to kill them, intended to inflict great bodily injury on them, or killed them using a deadly weapon: Life without possibility of parole

If you are facing murder charges, it is critical that you consult an experienced trial attorney immediately to get started on your defense. Our firm defends clients against even the most serious felony charges. We bring former prosecution experience that can be advantageous when strategizing your defense against a heavily resourced state prosecutor.

Schedule a free consultation with the Law Office of Ali Ziai online or at (818) 600-6477 to get started on your defense ASAP. We also offer Farsi services.

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