According to major crimes data released last week, Los Angeles is among the US cities currently experiencing a sharp rise in murder rates. FBI figures for 2015 show that homicides rose significantly in Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Memphis, leaving experts to theorize about why that may have happened.
You need an experienced murder attorney
The rise in homicide rates in major cities isn’t universal; New York City murders declined by 25% in 2015. FBI Director James Comey attributed the rise in homicides to heroin, gang violence and less aggressive policing. According to Comey, cities are seeing the results of what he termed “the Ferguson Effect,” a reference to citizen backlashes to a videotaped police shooting in Ferguson, MO.
Criminologists studying the figures were quick to disagree, though they did not have a ready explanation for the increase in homicides. They pointed out that the rising trend in homicides was noted prior to the highly publicized police shootings in Ferguson, Baltimore and Chicago, among other places.
If you’ve been arrested for murder in Los Angeles, murder attorney Robert Helfend is ready to help you. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience, exclusively in criminal defense in Southern California, and will work aggressively to get the charges against you dropped or reduced.
Felony convictions, including murder, are considered “strikes” for the purposes of California’s Three Strikes Law. Each “strike” moves you one step closer to receiving a life sentence as a habitual offender. By itself, a murder conviction can lead to a life sentence with or without parole. It can also lead to the death penalty in California. You may already have accumulated a “strike” under California law, so avoiding subsequent strikes is key to preserving your freedom.
From the time he takes your case until the matter against you is decided, Robert Helfend works tirelessly on your behalf. His years of experience has helped him develop an aggressive style of criminal defense. This approach causes the most difficulty for prosecutors, who may not have the evidence to support their accusations, even though their case against you may initially seem strong.
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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