Los Angeles Attorney Defends Clients Charged with Violent Crimes

If you have been charged with a violent crime, you could be looking at a long prison sentence. Under California’s three strikes law, individuals convicted of a third violent felony receive an automatic prison sentence of 25 years to life. At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi in Los Angeles, we have helped clients with many types of violent crime cases, including:


  • Assault and Battery: Often arising from physical altercations, these charges can carry significant penalties, especially when resulting in serious bodily injury.
  • Murder: Charges of murder, including first and second-degree murder, are among the most serious under California law, potentially leading to life imprisonment or capital punishment.
  • Manslaughter: Including voluntary, involuntary, and vehicular manslaughter, these charges involve unlawful killing without the premeditation typically associated with murder.
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon: This charge is not limited to firearms but includes any object used or intended to be used in a way that is likely to result in great bodily harm.
  • Robbery: Involving the use of force or fear to take property from someone else’s immediate possession, robbery is treated as a serious felony.
  • Domestic Violence: Charges encompassing a range of behaviors, including physical harm and threats, particularly within domestic settings.

   Violent Crime Classifications in California Law

  • Assault and Battery (PC § 240, 242)
  • Murder (PC § 187)
  • Manslaughter (PC § 192)
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon (PC § 245)
  • Robbery (PC § 211)
  • Domestic Violence (PC § 13700)
  • First-Degree Murder (PC § 189)
  • Felony Murder (PC § 189)
  • Second-Degree Murder (PC § 187, 189)
  • Voluntary Manslaughter (PC § 192(a))
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (PC § 192(b))
  • Vehicular Manslaughter (PC § 192(c))
  • Sexual Assault (PC § 261, 262, 264.1, etc.)
  • Gang-Related Violent Crimes (PC § 186.22)
  • Spousal Abuse (PC § 273.5)

Assault Under California Law

In California, assault is defined as an “unlawful attempt” to inflict “violent injury on the person of another” (PC § 240). It is considered an attempt to commit battery, even if no physical contact occurs. For a conviction, it must be proven that the defendant intended to commit a battery and had the capability to do so. Assault is typically classified as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in prison.

Battery (PC § 242), on the other hand, involves the actual use of force or violence against another person. Like assault, battery is generally treated as a misdemeanor with a potential sentence of up to six months in prison.

Domestic Violence: Assault or battery against an intimate partner or household member can lead to charges of domestic violence, which carries its own set of legal consequences.

Sexual Assault: Engaging in non-consensual contact with the intimate parts of another person for sexual gratification can result in charges of sexual assault. Depending on the circumstances, sexual assault can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

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Murder Under California Law

Murder in California is defined as the unlawful killing of another human being with “malice aforethought,” indicating intentional action. The state recognizes several categories of murder, each with distinct legal implications:

  • First-Degree Murder (PC § 189): Charged when the killing is willful, deliberate, and premeditated. This includes cases involving torture, lying in wait, or the use of destructive devices. Conviction typically results in a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. If the murder is classified as a hate crime, the sentence escalates to life without parole.
  • Felony Murder: Under the felony murder rule, a killing that occurs during the commission of a felony such as burglary or kidnapping is treated as first-degree murder, regardless of intent.
  • Second-Degree Murder: This category covers murders that do not meet the criteria for first-degree murder. Conviction for second-degree murder can lead to 15 years to life in prison.

Homicide and Manslaughter Definitions under California Law

  • Voluntary Manslaughter (PC § 192(a)): Unintentional killing during a heat of passion or sudden quarrel, punishable by up to 11 years in prison.
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (PC § 192(b)): Unintentional killing due to reckless conduct or during the commission of a non-felony crime, punishable by up to four years in prison.
  • Vehicular Manslaughter (PC § 192(c)): Unintentional killing resulting from gross negligence or intoxication while driving, with a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Self-Defense, Justifiable, and Excusable Homicide in California Law

In California, the law recognizes specific defenses in cases where homicide occurs, including self-defense, justifiable homicide, and excusable homicide. These defenses are grounded in factual circumstances and legal principles.

  • Self-Defense and Justifiable Homicide: Under California law, a person may assert self-defense as a justification for homicide if they reasonably believed that their life was in imminent danger and that lethal force was necessary to prevent death or serious harm to themselves or others. This is known as justifiable homicide. The key factor is the reasonableness of the belief and the response to the perceived threat. A skilled defense attorney can argue for justifiable homicide if evidence shows that the defendant acted out of necessity and with no reasonable alternative to prevent a significant threat.
  • Excusable Homicide: California law also recognizes excusable homicide, which occurs in situations where a person unintentionally causes death without criminal intent or negligence. This might apply in cases of accidental killing, provided the person involved was engaging in lawful conduct and exercising ordinary caution at the time of the incident. Excusable homicide is a defense used when the act leading to death was not done with an unlawful intent or under circumstances involving recklessness or gross negligence.

Experienced Criminal Law Attorney for Your Violent Crime Case Defense

The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi are dedicated to providing experienced and focused legal representation for clients charged with violent crimes. For an initial consultation with an attorney from our firm, contact us at (310) 448-1529 or contact us online. . Our office is located in the Westside Towers in Los Angeles, conveniently near Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Westwood, and adjacent to the Expo/Bundy Station. We offer flexible scheduling, including weekend appointments, and are available to discuss your case in jail if necessary.





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