Newport Beach, California Criminal Defense Lawyer
Michael M. "Mike" Brewer Practice Area: Violent Crimes

Homicide Cases:

One of the most serious areas of violent crime is Homicide - killing a person, whether lawfully or unlawfully. Justifiable homicide and excusable homicide are lawful homicides, while criminal homicide, negligent homicide, reckless homicide and vehicular homicide are unlawful homicides. Unlawful homicide comprises the two crimes of murder and manslaughter.


A murder perpetrated by poison, lying in wait, or any other kind of willful, deliberate, malicious, and premeditated killing; or committed in the perpetration of, or attempt to perpetrate, any arson, escape, murder, kidnapping, treason, espionage, sabotage, aggravated sexual abuse or sexual abuse, burglary, or robbery; or perpetrated from a premeditated design unlawfully and maliciously to effect the death of any human being other than him who is killed, is murder in the first degree. Any other murder is murder in the second degree.


A murder that is committed in the heat of passion due to adequate provocation or diminished capacity is considered voluntary manslaughter. A homicide that is committed with no intention to kill or do grievous bodily harm, but that is committed with criminal negligence or during the commission of a crime not included within the felony-murder rule is considered involuntary manslaughter.

If you are faced with a charge of murder, manslaughter or homicide, contact Attorney Mike Brewer right away. Your legal rights, liberty and even your life could depend on hiring the best attorney to provide quality representation for you, particularly one that specializes in defense strategies for the crime with which you are specifically charged.

Weapons/ Assault - Serious Violent Crimes:

By definition, a violent crime is a behavior by persons against persons or property that intentionally threatens, attempts, or actually inflicts physical harm. The seriousness of the injuries to the victim(s), whether or not guns or other weapons were used and/or whether or not the alleged perpetrator has a criminal record will determine the seriousness of the charge. Most violent crimes are considered felonies and are subject to be considered a "strike" in a state that has adopted three strikes laws. Violent criminal charges can include: aggravated assault, arson, assault and battery, domestic violence, hate crimes, homicide, larceny, rape, manslaughter, mayhem and murder.

California laws and procedures related to weapons cases are complicated and require a skilled criminal defense lawyer to properly navigate through the process. Attorney Mike Brewer fights for the rights of alleged criminal offenders in Long Beach, Newport Beach and throughout Southern California. Attorney Brewer delivers personalized attention to his clients by keeping case information detailed and accessible.

Domestic Violence and Assault Cases:

Whether domestic violence is a crime depends upon the particular circumstances, as well as the laws of California. Often domestic violence is both a crime subject to criminal punishment and a civil wrong subject to restraint upon personal conduct and award of monetary damages.

It is a frequent pattern in domestic violence cases for the victim to be abused, call the police, press charges, then reconcile with the abuser and seek to have the charges dropped, only to have the entire process repeated. Because of this, in some local communities and states, domestic violence is now prosecuted as a crime by city and district attorneys, even without charges being filed by the victim.

Take Action to Protect Your Rights:

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a crime in Long Beach, Newport Beach or throughout Southern California and you need the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, call Mike Brewer of the Brewer Law Firm today at (888) 533-5798 or (949) 863-9682, or complete the contact form provided on this site to schedule your free consultation.

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