SB 1437

Orange County Felony Murder (SB 1437) Defense Attorney – Marley Law

In 2018, the California government signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1437 which changed the state’s murder law. It redefined who can be prosecuted for murder and felony murder, changing a lot of lives once implemented. If you or a loved one are currently charged with attempted murder, it is important to know that there is hope because of SB 1437.

It is important to take advantage of Senate Bill 1437 as it can drastically reduce the sentence of a murder conviction or charge. You or your loved one needs an experienced defense attorney that knows how the law system operates. At Marley Law, we can provide you with the ultimate legal defense service in Orange County. Marley is known for the aggressive, zealous representation of his clients at every stage of the case. For a free consultation, simply fill out a form on our Contact Page or call us at (949) 726-6000.

The New Felony Murder Rule

Under SB 1437, who can get prosecuted for felony murder got altered greatly. It was refocused to ensure that the accused is receiving a potential conviction as accurately as possible to the case. It made the law clearer as to whom can be charged with felony murder. Some redefined rules are as follows:

  • The individual being charged needs to be the actual killer
  • The accused acted with pure intent to kill. If they were not the murderer, then they assisted the actual killer or actively encouraged the killer to commit murder
  • The accused was an active participant in the murder
  • The victim was a “peace officer” (Police Officer) and the killer was well aware of it

Can an Already Convicted Felony Murder Prisoner Petition for Resentencing?

Yes, under these new guidelines, if you or someone else is already incarcerated for felony murder and meet the guidelines for the petition, their defense attorney can petition for them. The rules now state that anyone who falls under these categories and did not show “reckless indifference to human life” are allowed to file a resentencing petition:

  • Someone convicted of first-degree murder
  • Someone convicted of second-degree murder
  • Someone who accepted a plea offer since they could have been convicted under the old law
  • Someone who could not be convicted of first or second-degree murder under the new law

Marley Law Can Help You by Understanding SB 1437

If you meet the requirements listed above, consult with Marley Law to begin the petitioning process. Call (949) 726-6000 today to speak with a representative and learn how you can get your sentence reduced due to SB 1437. You can also make it easy on yourself by filling out a form on the Contact Page. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.

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