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Irvine, CA Homicide Attorney

Fighting Homicide Charges in Irvine and throughout Orange County, CA

Types of Homicides and Your Defenses: 

People often discuss homicide and murder as though they are one in the same. Both are used to describe the death of a person at the hands of another; however, legally, they are very different. There are different levels of homicide and they are listed below:

  • First Degree Murder
  • Second Degree Murder
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Justifiable Homicide
  • Excusable Homicide

The different kinds of homicide carry wide-ranging sentences: 

  • Justified or excusable homicide result in no conviction at all.
  • Involuntary manslaughter can result in probation or up to four years in prison.
  • Voluntary manslaughter can result in probation or up to eleven years in prison.
  • Second degree murder can result in probation or fifteen years to life in prison.
  • First degree murder results in twenty-five to life, life without parole or the death penalty, depending upon what are called "special circumstances." 

If you are being charged with a homicide or are being investigated for one, only consult with a lawyer who has handled a lot of homicides. Our criminal defense lawyer has tried 26 homicides to juries in Irvine, CA and Orange County in his career, with unbelievable results. 


The Law Offices of Mark Raymond McDonald has offices in Laguna Hills and San Bernardino, CA and serves clients throughout Irvine, CA and all of Orange County.



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