Learn About Defense Strategies For PC 187 Murder Cases at DCD LAW

The stakes couldn’t be higher when facing a PC 187 murder charge in California. Many of these severe cases are tried at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles located at 210 W. Temple Street, often referred to by its old named, the Criminal Courts Building or “CCB Court”. With over 10 years of experience handling Penal Code 187 cases, DCD LAW is extremely well-equipped to manage the complex legal aspects of murder defenses.

Understanding The Crime: Penal Code Section 187

Penal Code Section 187 in California defines murder as the unlawful killing of a human being or fetus with malice aforethought. The law distinguishes between first-degree and second-degree murder:

  • First-degree murder:
    This includes premeditated killings and murders that occur during the commission of certain felonies, such as robbery or rape. Convictions can lead to 25 years to life in prison or even life without parole if exceptional circumstances are involved.
  • Second-degree murder:
    This involves killings that are not premeditated. Convictions carry a sentence of 15 years to life.

The Importance of an Experienced Defense Attorney to Tackle The Case

Murder cases are prosecuted by the most experienced and dedicated prosecutors and detectives. This means you need the best possible defense attorney.

Key Strategies in Defending a PC 187 Case

Defending a PC 187 case, which involves charges of murder under California Penal Code Section 187, requires strategic legal approaches. Key strategies include:

Challenging the Prosecution’s Evidence

One of the main strategies in a murder defense is to challenge the prosecution’s evidence. This can involve questioning the credibility of witnesses, disputing forensic evidence, and presenting alternative case theories. Expert witnesses in areas such as DNA analysis and ballistics can be crucial in undermining the prosecution’s case.

Utilizing Related Offenses

Understanding and addressing related offenses can also be part of a defense strategy. For example, if the murder charge is related to a DUI (Penal Code 187 PC), attempted murder (Penal Code 664/187 PC), or another serious crime like a drive-by shooting (Penal Code 16100 PC), the defense may focus on mitigating these charges or proving that they do not apply.

What to Expect at the CCB Courthouse?

Murder cases at the CCB Courthouse often involve intense scrutiny and high security, especially for long trials. These cases are typically assigned to the 9th floor, where judges specialize in serious and lengthy trials. This specialization can work to the defense’s advantage, as these judges are experienced in handling complex cases and maintaining a fair trial schedule.

Why Choose DCD LAW?

Choosing the right defense attorney can make all the difference, especially when it’s a murder case. At DCD Law, our attorneys have a decade of experience handling PC 187 cases in Los Angeles. We understand the tactics used by prosecutors and have a track record of successfully defending clients against murder charges. Choosing us can set a strong case of defense and help you restore your life to where it was before!

Steps to Take if Charged with PC 187

Facing a PC 187 charge involving allegations of murder under California Penal Code Section 187 requires immediate and strategic action. Ensure to take immediate steps once charged with PC 187:

  • Do not speak with the police or give a statement to anyone before speaking with a lawyer.
  • Immediately seek legal representation from a lawyer experienced in PC 187 cases.
  • Make sure you understand the specifics of the charges against you, including the difference between first and second-degree murder.
  • Work with your attorney to prepare for the preliminary hearing, where early opportunities to challenge the case will arise.
  • Collect evidence supporting your defense, including alibis, witness statements, and expert analyses.
  • If mental health issues are involved, discuss the possibility of mitigation with your attorney.
  • Be proactive by staying informed about your case and actively participating in your defense strategy.


Facing a murder charge under Penal Code 187 is daunting, but with the right defense strategy and an experienced attorney, it is possible to fight for a fair outcome. At DCD LAW, we are committed to providing the best defense for our clients, using our extensive experience and knowledge of the legal system to challenge the prosecution and protect your rights. If you or a loved one is charged with murder, contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case and start building your defense.