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Authorities Allege Five Teens Involved in Santa Ana Beating and Stabbing Death

May 13, 2011

The Orange County Register reports that police have arrested five 17- and 18-year-olds in connection with a week-old murder case.

Murder is the most serious charge anyone can face and therefore it requires the most diligent defense representation possible. Consulting with a Santa Ana murder defense attorney could mean the difference between a long prison sentence and a favorable outcome. Acting quickly can be the best option for someone who is suspected of homicide.

Especially in a case with multiple defendants, police and prosecutors often try to get one of the co-defendants to testify for the state in exchange for a plea agreement. Sometimes that is the best option. But other times, the best option is to let the state make a deal with co-defendants who aren't credible witnesses and prepare for trial. But putting this research together as quickly as possible is always the best defense.
According to The Register, police believe the motive for the killing to be gang rivalry. The man was beaten and stabbed on West Highland Street. The five teens, whom police allege are known gang members, face charges of murder, attempted murder and street terrorism, as well as gang enhancements.

In California, murder is punishable by years to life in prison or even the death penalty. A diligent Orange County criminal defense lawyer with decades of experience can be your only hope between failure and success when your life depends on it.

Often, it is difficult for the state to prove someone is involved in a gang, but prosecutors are aggressive in punishing people they believe to be involved in gang activity. California's Penal Code allows for judges to sentence convicted gang members to extended time behind bars.

These are not charges to put in the hands of an inexperienced attorney. Choose someone who is dedicated to protecting your rights and standing by you in a time of crisis.

If you are facing criminal charges in Santa Ana, contact the Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera Jr. to discuss your options. Through three decades of experienced, Attorney LaBarbera has argued over 200 criminal trials and appeals. Call (714) 541-9668 for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights.