Murder Conviction Upheld in West Hollywood
Murder Conviction Upheld in West Hollywood
The California State Appeals Court refused to overturn the murder conviction of a man who allegedly killed 3 people during a drug-related robbery. In a 27-page brief, the Appeals Court found that the balance of the evidence indicated that Harold Yong Parkas killed Pirooz Moussazadeh, 27, Shahriar Moussazadeh,38, and Bernard Khalili, 27 in a West Hollywood apartment in 2010.

According to the brief, evidence showed that Parkas had bought large quantities of marijuana from Moussazadeh, and had exchanged numerous phone calls and text messages indicating that Parkas and the victims intended to meet the evening of the murders for another drug sale. The brief also indicated that at the time of his arrest, Parkas had a large amount of clothing, his identity papers, a passport and $50,000 worth of marijuana in his car, indicating that Parkas had intended to flee the country. The Appeals Court upheld Parkas’ three consecutive life sentences, with no chance for parole.

Work with a Los Angeles murder lawyer you trust

In California, slightly more than half of all homicides produce a conviction. The statistics are not cut-and-dried because it can sometimes take police and prosecutors years to bring a homicide case to trial. California is a “death penalty state,” which means that if you’re accused of murder, the prosecutor can seek the death penalty if you are convicted.

When you’ve been arrested for murder, you need a murder lawyer who understands the stakes. Your life hangs in the balance, and you need a lawyer who has the experience to help you navigate California’s complex criminal justice system.

As your murder lawyer, Robert Helfend will be by your side throughout the entire judicial process. He will clearly explain all charges against you, and what’s likely to happen at various stages of the process. As you and Mr. Helfend are preparing your defense, you’ll need to make certain decisions that could have a major impact on the outcome of your case.

Mr. Helfend will explain the risks and rewards of each decision, and help you make the best possible decisions, based on your circumstances, and the facts of your case. Mr. Helfend has exceptional criminal defense experience and will work aggressively and tirelessly to get the charges against you reduced or dropped.

Mr. Helfend has established an excellent reputation in Los Angeles County Courts, and courtrooms throughout Southern California. Judges know that when Mr. Helfend brings a matter before the Court, that he is serious and fully prepared to present significant arguments that require the Court’s thoughtful attention.

Mr. Helfend’s first choice is always to see the charges dropped or reduced. If that’s not a possibility, and the case goes to trial, acquittal on all charges is the best possible outcome. Sometimes, acquittal just isn’t possible. In those cases, Mr. Helfend works aggressively to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.

Don’t trust your life to an inexperienced attorney, or one who isn’t serious about winning an acquittal. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County murder case.

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