Homicide

Redwood City Homicide Lawyer

The gravity of homicide charges means defendants should seek out counsel who has an in-depth knowledge of the law, a proven ability to handle high-stakes courtroom dynamics, and a respected reputation in the legal community. That’s what our homicide defense lawyer offers those who come to our Redwood City office. 

The Law Offices of Dean Johnson has been defending clients against homicide and other charges since 1998. Our founder’s reputation is such that he’s been invited onto national television to discuss a wide range of important legal matters. We continue to be built on the pillars of personalized service to each defendant, integrity, advocacy, and a determination to fight for our client’s rights, their reputation in the community, and their personal freedom.

Call (650) 832-9446 today, where we answer 24/7. You can also contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Homicide Charges in California

Homicide involves the death of a human being, but the charges can be applied in several different ways, depending on the circumstances perceived by the District Attorney’s office: 

  • First-degree murder is defined as a killing that is willful, deliberate, and premeditated, or committed through a dangerous act demonstrating a disregard for human life.
  • Second-degree murder typically involves intentional killings that are not premeditated or planned.
  • Capital murder, also known as aggravated murder, involves circumstances that make the crime eligible for the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole, including murders involving multiple victims, public officials, or for financial gain.
  • Felony murder is a type of homicide occurring during the commission or attempted commission of a felony, where the perpetrator did not necessarily intend to kill, but death resulted as a consequence of the felony.
  • Attempted murder involves taking a direct step towards killing someone else with the specific intent to kill, but the intended victim does not die. These charges can be filed even if the alleged victim was not injured at all. 
  • Voluntary manslaughter occurs when a person kills another without prior planning during a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion.
  • Involuntary manslaughter happens when a killing occurs from a non-felony act of recklessness or criminal negligence.
  • Vehicular manslaughter involves causing someone's death through illegal driving, such as drunk or reckless driving, without the intention to kill.
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A State-Of-The-Art Homicide Defense Firm

We’re determined to leave no stone unturned in the effort to exonerate our clients. The Law Offices of Dean Johnson understands the critical role of forensic evidence in homicide and murder cases. We’re proud to collaborate with knowledgeable, accomplished outside experts and investigators who can help us build our defense. The people we work with are adept at collecting, preserving, and analyzing evidence. They are experienced in providing testimony on key forensic topics, including DNA, fingerprints, trace evidence, and firearms.

Our network of consultants includes the forensic consultant from the television show CSI, a former director of the San Mateo crime lab, and a 30-year veteran of the South San Francisco Police Department among its ranks. These consultants deliver detailed and evidentiary testimony that is often vital in establishing a strong defense.

Furthermore, our resources are not restricted to those facing homicide charges. Cases involving violent crimes, rape, or assault with a deadly weapon often follow similar evidentiary patterns. Whatever charge you or the person you love is facing, we want to help. 

Compassionate Counsel, Fearless Defense

Why Choose Law Offices of Dean Johnson?
  • Client-Centered Approach
    Your well-being is our top priority. We work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you, both inside and outside the courtroom.
  • Compassionate Advocacy
    We prioritize understanding and empathy, ensuring you feel heard and supported every step of the way.
  • Expertise You Can Rely On
    Backed by extensive legal knowledge and experience, we provide strategic defense tailored to your unique situation.
  • Trustworthy Guidance
    Building trust is at the core of what we do. You can count on us for honest advice and steadfast representation.

Serving the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Areas

At the Law Offices of Dean Johnson, we bring a unique perspective to homicide cases. Our founder is a former prosecutor and possesses an intimate understanding of the criminal justice system from both sides of the courtroom. This dual perspective enriches our strategic approach. Firsthand experience with how prosecutors think and prepare for trial may be able to help us anticipate their strategies, challenge their evidence more effectively, and protect our client's rights with a determined zeal.

 Our deep-rooted knowledge of forensic science, coupled with our extensive legal experience, positions us to tackle complex cases with confidence. Whether you're dealing with first-degree murder charges, involuntary manslaughter, or any level of homicide accusation, The Law Offices of Dean Johnson stands ready to deploy its resources and legal acumen in your defense.

Call the homicide defense lawyer in our Redwood City office at (650) 832-9446 today.

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