In a complex recent matter involving allegations of vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI, charges were dismissed after intensive litigation over 3.5 years.
Few criminal offenses carry with them the potential penalties that murder does in the State of California. In fact, capital murder can result in the death penalty in California, clearly the harshest possible penalty available. If you have been charged with murder in California your first question will likely be “Are There Defenses to Murder in California?”
When does the persuasive conduct of a law enforcement officer go too far in attempting to convince a suspect to confess? According to California’s First District Court of Appeals that occurs when the officer’s enticements go from mere advice or exhortation that it would be better to tell the truth, “Court Throws Out Murder Confession Because Police Made False Promises”