Burlingame, CA, Attorneys Provide Aggressive Defense to Violent Crimes
Trustworthy representation when you’re facing a tough prison sentence
The Law Offices of Paula Canny provides vigorous defense representation for people accused of violent crimes throughout California. We take a holistic approach, challenging the prosecution’s case and using all available defenses. Since we work closely with you throughout the case, we are also able to provide much needed emotional support during this difficult period in your life. With more than 30 years of high-profile trial experience, including defense to capital murder, our firm is fully prepared to assert your due process rights and introduce reasonable doubt wherever possible.
Passionate protection of your freedom anywhere in California
The Law Offices of Paula Canny is renowned throughout California for vigorous, committed defense to serious violent crimes. Paula is well known as a leading opponent of the death penalty in California and across the country. We thoroughly investigate your case, applying strict scrutiny to the prosecution’s charges. We’re ready to challenge the basis of your identification, witness credibility, the quality of the evidence and the police work In addition, we search for a factual basis to assert affirmative defenses, such as reasonable self-defense. Our criminal defense experience encompasses cases of:
- Assault and battery — An assault is an unlawful attempt, by someone who is presently able, to violently injure another person. A battery is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon another person. These offenses can be misdemeanors or felonies depending on the severity of the attack and the identity of the victim.
- Homicide — Includes murder, the unlawful killing of a human being or a fetus with malice aforethought, and manslaughter, unlawful killing without malice. California has the death penalty for first degree murder with aggravating circumstances. Penalties for other forms of homicide range from two years in prison to life without parole.
- Mayhem— Occurs when one person unlawfully and maliciously deprives another person of a body part, or disables, disfigures or renders the body part useless. Penalties range from two years in prison to life without parole in aggravated cases.
- Kidnapping — Is the crime of using force or fear to take a person from one place to another. The penalties for kidnapping vary depending on circumstances, and can become a federal offense if the perpetrators carry the victim across state lines.
- Robbery — Is theft from a person or from the person’s immediate presence accomplished through force or fear. Robbery has several degrees of severity, depending on factors such as the value of the goods stolen, whether the perpetrator was armed, and whether the victim was injured.
- False imprisonment — Is the unlawful violation of a person’s liberty. When committed to obtain forced labor or services, the crime is human trafficking. False imprisonment for the purpose of evading arrest amounts to hostage taking. Degrees of the crime and penalties vary depending on circumstances, such as the age of the victim.
- Rape — Is an act of nonconsensual sexual intercourse, often accomplished through force or fear, or through the use of intoxicating substances. Commonly, rape convictions carry a sentence of three to eight years.
We also capably defend minors charged with juvenile crimes.
For aggressive defense to violent crime charges, choose our Burlingame defense attorneys
If you’ve been arrested for a violent crime in San Mateo County or anywhere in California, you need experienced and committed representation. The Law Offices of Paula Canny fights to protect your rights and provides emotional support throughout your ordeal. Contact us online or call 650.652.7862 today to schedule a consultation.