Penalties for Murder in California
Many criminal charges have serious consequences, but none so serious as the accusation of committing murder. According to California law, murder is defined as wrongfully killing another human being with “malice aforethought.” What this phrase means is that if you behaved in a manner that was likely to lead to the death of another person, and that person then died as a consequence, then you could be charged and convicted of committing murder.
In the state of California, those convicted of murder to the 1st-degree could be sentenced to state prison for at least 25 years to life, while even 2nd-degree murders could result in 15 years to life in prison. Capital murder, where murder has been committed under special circumstances, has even harsher penalties. Some examples of capital murder include killing more than one person, killing for monetary gain, killing an official of the law or government, killing someone as a hate crime, or killing someone in a drive-by or gang shooting. Those convicted of this level of murder would serve the rest of their lives in prison, without parole, or face the death penalty.
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