The key element in any murder charge is that the accused unlawfully killed another with what is known as "malice aforethought". This means that an individual developed and had the intention to take another person's life before carrying out the act. It comes under the heading of a violent crime and carries with it some of the most severe punishments in our legal system. It is vital, therefore, that a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately be retained to begin working in your defense.

Assault & Battery

At the Law Office of Laura M. Petty, we have over 20 years of legal experience in defense of violent crimes in Fairfield, Vallejo and all throughout Solano County. Such crimes include murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, robbery and domestic violence. Our experience has resulted in the successful outcome of many criminal defense cases. If you have been accused of assault and battery, it is to your distinct advantage to retain an aggressive and dedicated Solano County criminal defense attorney to work on your behalf.

Sex Offenses

Sex crimes are among the most serious of offenses an individual can commit. Most sexual abuse and assault cases in California are considered to be felony offenses. Not only can an individual face a hefty prison sentence (sometimes for life) and fine, they will also have to deal with a marred reputation.