Can an SB 1437 Lawyer in Costa Mesa CA Help You?
California SB 1437 dramatically changes the ways in which a person can be sentenced via the felony murder rule. Those who have been sentenced according to this rule often wonder: Do I have options? The answer depends on the specifics of your case. Yes, some convictions can allow for resentencing but only those that qualify. The best way to find out for sure which answer applies to your case is to contact an SB 1437 lawyer in Costa Mesa CA by calling Chambers Law Firm at 714-760-4088 for a free legal consultation.
There Are 4 New Criteria for Conviction of Felony Murder
Under the new law, a person can only be guilty under the felony murder law if one of the following four factors are true:
- They actually killed a person.
- They acted with intent to kill. For example, they helped or encouraged the killer.
- They were a major participant in the crime and acted with reckless indifference to human life.
- The murder victim was an on-duty police officer and the defendant knew (or reasonably should have known) that they were a police officer.
The court will likely consider a number of factors to determine if the person in question was a “major participant” in the crime, including their role in planning the crime, in supply weapons, and how aware they were of the dangers of the crime, for example the weapons used.
The Impact of SB 1437 Could Be Staggering
Many people wonder just how many people may be eligible to have their sentenced reduced. The truth is that an accurate estimate is impossible because there are no state-level records on how the felony murder sentencing laws have been applied. The changes are also new enough that we cannot be sure how the courts will react, and we do not know how many people will actually call an SB 1437 lawyer in Costa Mesa CA for help. That said, some estimate that thousands of people may be eligible.
Are You Ready to Learn More? Call for a Free Consultation with an SB 1437 Lawyer in Costa Mesa CA
This is a process that will take some time. This should dissuade anyone from taking the necessary steps to get the process started, but it should encourage them to contact an SB 1437 lawyer in Costa Mesa CA sooner rather than later. You can reach Chambers Law Firm at 714-760-4088 to request a free initial consultation. We are standing by to assess your case and give you the legal advice you need.