March 7, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

Accidentally firing a weapon is a defense to murder – why hiring an experienced criminal defense firm can save you from prison

A recent California appeals case, People v. Villanueva, held that the trial court was mistaken when the trial court failed to instruct the jury that they could find the defendant not guilty based on self-defense. 2008 D.A.R. 18235 (2nd Dist. 2008) Dec. 12 2008 (B202418). Defendant testified that he drew a weapon in self-defense, but fired accidentally. Normally, this shooting is not considered self-defense. However, the California Court of Appeal found that homicide is excusable when a person shows a weapon to defend themselves then accidentally fires such weapon.

If you find yourself or a loved one in a situation where you or that loved one is facing a murder charge but the homicide was an accident or in self-defense you need an experienced, aggressive California murder defense attorney. Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorneys in California know the current law and what it takes to defend crimes such as the one described above. Such knowledge and experience could mean the difference between staying in jail and having your freedom. Call now to speak to an experienced criminal law attorney at Wallin & Klarich. You can reach us toll free at 888-280-6839.

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