I have worked on special circumstances murder cases, and have also defended in attempted murder cases. Even as a law student, I was trusted to argue before the court to keep out all gang evidence in a special circumstances double homicide. After succeeding at that, I went on to assist in many other areas of the trial.
Rick worked for me for many years as a law clerk and associate attorney. He has assisted me in court in several special circumstance homicide cases. On the very first case he handled for my office he won the trial. He is a hard working, aggressive advocate for his clients. — Fresno area attorney David Mugridge [read full endorsement on Avvo.com]
I also have experience on my own as an attorney in special circumstances murder, and attempted murder, cases. In one case involving charges of First-Degree Murder with gang enhancements, I managed to get the charges reduced to Assault charges. This saved my client from a possibility of life in prison. (Note that every case is different. This result does not mean that your case will receive a similar result. It depends on the facts of each individual case. For specific information, you’ll need to call me at (559) 233-8886 for your free consultation.)
Homicide and murder cases are obviously time-intensive cases, nearly always requiring special motions, significant battles over discovery (information needed to be obtained from the District Attorney, including police reports), and may sometimes include taking a piece of the case to the Appeals Court even before a trial. When I take on such significant cases, I obviously charge much more than for a typical case, so that I can reduce the number of other cases I will accept. That allows me to have the time necessary to devote to the issues at hand. It allows me to insure that despite the time required, I can still make sure my mission is focused on your case.
Defenses to these charges can require investigations not only in cases where you’ve been mistakenly accused, but even more so in cases where your defense is self-defense, defense of others, accident, or some other form of showing that you did not intentionally murder the victim.
In fact, the reason I have titled this page “Homicide, Manslaughter & Murder,” and not just “Murder,” is that they are different. Homicides involve someone being killed, just as murders do, but they aren’t the same. A homicide may be justifiable, including self-defense, or the defense of someone else. A homicide may also be excusable, meaning that it resulted from an accident, or some other kind of misfortune.
Manslaughter typically involves things like killing someone in the heat of passion, or through the mistaken belief that you needed to defend yourself, or someone else. Manslaughter also commonly occurs when someone drives drunk, or in a grossly-negligent manner, and as a result another person is killed.
Murders, too, fall into different categories, including various types of first-degree, second-degree, and felony murders.
If you’ve been accused of any of these crimes, you need an attorney who will take the time, and energy to apply all his knowledge, skill and experience to fight for your rights.
Rick is very aggressive in his representation of his clients. He will research and write every motion he thinks needs to be filed and argued on behalf of his clients. Rick and I worked together on a very serious and difficult case and took the matter to trial. We were successful in getting the case dismissed. — Fresno area attorney Cecelia Rodriguez [read full endorsement on Avvo.com]
Call me—criminal defense lawyer Rick Horowitz—today at (559) 233-8886.