San Fernando Valley Voluntary Manslaughter Lawyer


I have handled many  voluntary manslaughter cases under California Penal Code Section 192(a) over the past two decades.  However, it’s rare to see a case actually filed as voluntary manslaughter. Typically, the case is usually filed as a first or second-degree murder and the criminal defense lawyer is attempting to get a voluntary manslaughter charge due to the fact it’s clear that the person killed the person, but it was justified in some way.

To be successful for a voluntary manslaughter conviction over a murder conviction,  you must have the facts that support manslaughter. Also, the defense lawyer will need evidence and witnesses. The argument is that you were provoked and the killing was an act of a heat of passion.

Heat of Passion Defense Strategy

It is possible to be provoked in the killing of someone else, but it’s a heat of passion moment and claiming a voluntary manslaughter defense. If the facts of your case support a voluntary manslaughter defense in a San Fernando Valley court, you will need an experienced defense lawyer who has been in this situation before, who has had success with this type of defense, who knows how to make this argument, and understands how to investigate the case and get the necessary to be successful.

There are cases where someone’s initially charged with voluntary manslaughter and other crimes along with it. In you case, your defense lawyer will have to be ale to show the killing was justified and there could use other defenses, including self-defense.

There are of course other defenses, such as I’m not the perpetrator, I’m didn’t kill them. The prosecutor must have the evidence to prove you guilty of the crime. However, critical to your success is having a San Fernando Valley criminal defense attorney who knows how to fight these cases and challenge a prosecutor’s evidence.

You have much at stake and better have a defense lawyer that can win a voluntary manslaughter case. If convicted, you could be facing up to 11 years in a California state prison and there are other enhancements and other charges that can be added, making you sentence even higher.

PC 192(a) Voluntary Manslaughter Case Review

What we need to do first is to have to come sit down in my office and let’s go over all the details of what happened. You need to be honest and provide me with all the specific details and don’t leave out any information or attempt to put a spin on things.

I mean, really tell me what happened get into the details and we can then figure out whether you have a chance to win the case. if you can, then we will start planning a defense strategy including an investigation plan, interview the witnesses, we obtain the evidence we will need to win.

On the flip side, there are cases where guilt is not in doubt and the case should not go to trial because you would probably lose and be facing a long sentence. If this is your situation, let’s go over the details and work things out. A good criminal defense lawyer in San Fernando or Van Nuys, CA will know the difference between a voluntary manslaughter case that can be won, and cases that can’t be won.

If you case can’t be won and should never go to trial, you don’t need to pay a lawyer to take the case to trial. The approach should be to resolve the case with a best possible outcome goal. This means a plea bargain, and you attorney need to be a skilled negotiator who has dealt with these type of plea deals before.

Retain a Experienced Criminal Attorney

Our criminal defense lawyers at the Hedding Law Firm have handled many voluntary manslaughter cases with favorable results. We fight aggressively for out clients and will guarantee dedication and competent representation. We have over 75 years of combined experience and unmatched credentials.

If you are facing voluntary manslaughter charges, you should contact our law firm to closely review the details and to start putting a plan together to protect your rights and freedom. There are many legal defenses for voluntary manslaughter charges. Call us for a free case evaluation.