Murder & Violent Crimes

Murder and other violent crimes are usually associated with very harsh and long lasting punishments. In the most extreme cases, being convicted of murder can land an individual in prison for life or on death row facing the death penalty.

If you have been accused of murder, you need to seek experienced legal counselling immediately. Do you want to risk spending the rest of your life in prison? If you can reduce the sentence from a lifetime of prison to a set number of years, you significantly increase your chances of living a part of your life as a free man or woman.

Give us a call today and we will fight for you and your case. We do not want anyone to have to live their entire life behind bars and will work hard to make sure you receive the shortest sentence possible.

Violent Crimes Explained


Murder is the unlawful killing of a person by another individual. This attempt to kill the other must be ‘premeditated,’ or thought and planned prior, for it to count as murder. Murder is easily confused with manslaughter.


Manslaughter, like murder, is the killing of a person by another individual. Manslaughter differs from murder in that it is not done with malicious thought and prior planning. Therefore, manslaughter is usually an accident, but that does not excuse it from being a crime.

Manslaughter is broken down into ‘voluntary manslaughter’ and ‘involuntary manslaughter.’ Voluntary manslaughter is bodily harm done with malicious thought and intent, but not with the intent to kill, but rather just to maim or cause physical harm. Involuntary manslaughter is the killing of another individual without malicious intent

Assault & Battery

Assault is the criminal act of attacking another individual, commonly but not always in a physical manner, with the intent to threaten them. The threat of violence towards another person is enough to classify the act as the criminal act of assault.

Assault is easily confused with battery. Battery differs in that it must involve the physical harm of another individual whereas assault can simply be a threat to harm someone.

Child Molestation

Child molestation is a form of child sexual abuse where an adult or older adolescent uses a child for any kind of sexual stimulation. A child’s age will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but anyone under the age of fourteen is generally considered a child. Regardless of the terminology, it is illegal for any adult to touch or feel any portion of a child’s body with any intent involving “lascivious and lewd” actions.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with murder or any other violent crime, you should seek legal advice immediately. These criminal charges are taken very seriously by law enforcement and judges. Whether you have been falsely accused or not, the penalties can be severe.

Don’t try to take on a violent crimes case without proper legal guidance. Our team of legal experts at The Law Offices of Terry L. Gilbeau fight to protect people accused of violent crimes in Placer County, including the cities of Rocklin, Roseville, Lincoln, Granite Bay and their surrounding areas.

Give us a call today and we will aggressively defend your case.