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Los Angeles Attempted Murder Lawyers

What is Attempted Murder?
Murder is among the worst crimes that could be committed. Attempted murder is the act of trying to commit the crime without succeeding. This is a crime that could result in the loss of someone’s life. If convicted of murder, you could be sentenced to death. Although attempted murder might not result in a death sentence, you could spend the rest of your life in prison. One of the components of attempted murder is that there is an intent to commit the crime and the action of trying to commit the crime.

Details
A prosecutor needs to show that you took the necessary steps to attempt to kill another person in order for you to be convicted of attempted murder. This can be difficult to prove if there is not enough evidence or if the circumstances surrounding the case have evolved in a way that might not be legal. An attorney who handles attempted murder charges can look at all of the details involved to piece together the best defense possible to try to minimize any sentence that you receive or have the charges dismissed. The prosecution must be able to show that there was some type of preparation invovled before the act of murder would have taken place. Some of the components of preparing to commit the crime include talking about the murder and how it would be carried out, thinking about the way that the murder would occur, or viewing details about how to commit murder. Other steps involved in the preparation include gathering any supplies that might be needed to commit a murder or intentionally going to a location where the victim is located in order to commit the crime. You could prepare to commit murder by stalking your victim, luring someone to a specific area, or breaking into a location where the victim is located.

Intent
In most instances, you wouldn’t accidentally commit murder or attempted murder. This is one of the details that the prosecution needs to prove in court for the attempted murder charge to hold. If there is no intent, then your attorney could try to have the charges dismissed or reduced if there is enough evidence that another crime has been committed. There needs to be an intent to kill a certain person as part of the prosecutions charges as well. After planning to commit murder, there needs to be an intent to carry through with that plan in order to be charged with attempted murder. You could think about shooting someone and purchase a gun before the thoughts occur. This would not be intent. However, if you purchase a gun or other items that are needed to shoot someone after thinking about committing murder, then this could be enough to charge you with attempted murder or at least be one of the components that are needed in a court of law. Intent to kill includes a certain target. If you only plan to injure someone, then you likely wouldn’t be charged with attempted murder. This is where your attorney can examine the feelings that you had about the person and exactly what you planned to do to the person before you can be convicted of attempted murder.

Possible Defenses
While working with your attorney, you need to give details about your state of mind and any alibis that you have as this could lead to you not being charged with attempted murder if you were not on the scene of any type of crime committed. Your attorney could claim that the weapon in question was not a real weapon capable of killing someone. Withdrawal could occur if only the first component of the crime occurred. You would need to have an intent to kill someone but not carry out any components of the intent.

Possible Punishments
Most of the time, you won’t be sentenced to death if you’re convicted of attempted murder. Instead, you could be sentenced to life in prison or several years in prison. If you’re released from prison, you might spend several years on parole. You would have this conviction on your permanent record, which could impact personal relationships as well as the chances of obtaining employment.


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