Schwartz & Powell

Ventura County Homicide Defense Attorneys

There is nothing more serious to deal with than being charged with murder or attempted murder. California is a still a "death penalty state" and your life is literally at risk if you have been arrested and charged with murder or attempted murder. When facing such a devastating charge, your choice of attorney is of ultimate concern. If you have been arrested and charged with any homicide or murder or attempted murder, immediate action is necessary. Schwartz & Powell has a long and well known history of successfully representing those charged with the most serious crimes in Ventura County. Schwartz & Powell has successfully defeated the prosecution's efforts to impose the death penalty on our clients. Schwartz & Powell has obtained new trials for those who had previously been convicted of murder while being represented by other counsel. The penalty for attempted murder is frequently the same as for a completed murder and we have obtained not guilty verdicts and positive plea bargains for individuals accused and charged with attempted murder. Schwartz & Powell is the preeminent law firm in Ventura County on matters of life and death.

EXPERIENCE MATTERS

Schwartz & Powell Has More Not Guilty Verdicts Than
Any Other Law Firm in Ventura County. Schwartz & Powell serves Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Kern, San Diego Counties.

Being investigated for or charged with the commission of murder or attempted murder is absolutely devastating to a person and his family. California is still a death penalty state. Your life is at risk. The charge of First Degree Attempted Murder carries a life sentence, the same penalty as for First Degree Murder itself - - 25 years to Life. When facing such catastrophic charges, your choice of attorney is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. If you are charged with crimes such as these, please give us a call. Schwartz & Powell is the law firm to call when your life hangs in the balance.

Call us at 805-658-8955.

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Intent Matters: Not Guilty Murder In The First Degree

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Schwartz & Powell, the most experienced and accomplished homicide or murder criminal defense lawyers in Ventura County, have done it again.

Robert I. "Bobby" Schwartz's client was found not guilty of murder in the first degree when so charged along with a gang special allegation. His client was facing life in prison without possibility of parole.

Architects of CA Death Penalty Say No To DP: Yes to Prop 34

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

California’s death penalty will be abolished by a Yes vote on Proposition 34 in November. Proposition 34 imposes life without parole for first degree murder. Those urging the abolition of the death penalty include social progressives but a growing number of fiscal conservatives joined the fight against the death penalty in favor of Proposition 34.

PLEA BARGAINING: A GREAT DEAL FOR WHOM?

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The dirty little truth about plea bargaining is this: innocent people plead guilty to charges for which they are not actually guilty so as to avoid the risk of greater sentences should they be convicted at trial. People’s risk tolerance can trigger a surrender syndrome causing them to plead guilty merely to get out of jail in a reasonable time.

The Death Penalty- A Ventura Criminal Defense Lawyer's Thoughts

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Any Ventura County criminal defense lawyer knows it costs a fortune to prosecute death penalty cases. I knew this when I was a Deputy District Attorney for Ventura County prosecuting capital murder. Nothing defending death penalty cases has changed my mind.

What I would like you to think about today is the cost of the death penalty system in California. It costs a lot of money the State can't afford.

PLEA BARGAINING: REPRESENTATION RIGHTS

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Ventura County criminal defense lawyers with any substantial experience realize, when the proof is there, a defendant should know about and consider plea bargaining. Not every criminal charge should go to trial.

Keep Your Eyes On The Road, Your Hands Upon The Wheel

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Jim Morrison of the Doors would be the last person in the world to teach Driver Safety Classes but for all his issues his lyric perfectly states what a driver’s duty is--pay attention.

Inattentive driving will have you talking to a Ventura County criminal defense lawyer faster than you can say “reckless driving …driving under the influence . .. vehicular manslaughter or murder.”

Vacation Not Incarceration: Alcohol Fueled Crimes

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Spring is here and summer nears. We should all have a lot of fun at the beaches, lakes, mountains and deserts near Ventura. But be careful. Drunkenly and recklessly causing any injury of significance could easily elevate too much sun and wine into a prison case. California criminal law is full of pitfalls for the unwary.

Vacation Not Incarceration: Alcohol Fueled Crimes

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Spring is here and summer nears. We should all have a lot of fun at the beaches, lakes, mountains and deserts near Ventura. But be careful. Drunkenly and recklessly causing any injury of significance could easily elevate too much sun and wine into a prison case. California criminal law is full of pitfalls for the unwary.