January 10, 2011 By Wallin & Klarich

How an Experienced Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney can Make Sure You or a Loved One is Competently Represented if Accused of Assault with a Deadly Weapon or Attempted Murder
A 25-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after police say she stabbed her boyfriend multiple times during an argument Thursday morning at an apartment complex.

Police got a call shortly after 9 a.m. regarding a woman and a man fighting with a knife at the Rose Pointe apartments in the 1400 block of South Highland Avenue, Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said. Officers found a 34-year-old man in the pool area suffering from numerous stab wounds to his back and torso, Goodrich said. The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange in “very critical” condition, he said.

In situation like this, prosecutors could have decided one of three ways on how to charge this individual. They could have charged her with Penal 245(a) (1), assault with a deadly weapon, to wit, a knife. That carries with it 2, 3, or 4 years in state prison. They then could have added a Great Bodily Injury allegation for the wounds the boyfriend received. That could add 3 years on top of top of the 2, 3, or 4 years for the PC 245.

A second more serious charge the prosecutors could choose, and in fact did choose in this situation is to charge the woman with attempted murder. This charge carries with it a mandatory of 7 years to life in state prison. This means the minimum of 7 years must be served before parole is even considered. Even then, because of life after the 7 years, parole could be denied indefinitely. The prosecutors can also go a step further here. If they allege the attempted murder was premeditated, the sentence then becomes 15 years to life in prison.

If you or a loved one have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, or attempted murder, contact the experienced Southern California criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich. We’ve have been helping criminal defendants for over 30 years. Call us at (888) 280-6839 or visit us at www.wklaw.com.

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