Attempted Murder Life Sentence Exposure reduced to Criminal Threats with 16-month sentence in Riverside County

Recently, in Riverside Superior Court, we represented a client who was charged with attempted murder under Penal Code section 664/187(a), Penal Code section 273.5(a), Penal Code section 12022(b)(1), Penal Code section 273.5(a), Penal Code section 245(a)(4), Penal Code section 422(a), and Penal Code section 236.

The prosecution was pursuing a “life sentence” given the alleged injuries and alleged use of a knife. Based on our investigation and the collected evidence, we were able to persuade the prosecution that the majority of the allegations were not credible.

The prosecution agreed to dismiss the attempted murder charge and others to resolve the case through a plea agreement to violating Penal Code section 422(a) (Criminal Threats) with a weapon enhancement under Penal Code section 12022(b)(1). The prosecution agreed to a “low-term” sentence of 16 months with a stay of punishment for the weapon allegation. Instead of spending the rest of his life in prison, he will serve a 16-month sentence and he should be released after approximately eight months.

This is a life-changing result!