Tag Archives: murder

Attempted murder and aggravated assault – can they charge both?

Why does the District Attorney charge both attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon? Can you be charged with both crimes even though it was one event?  Yes, you can be charged with both. The prosecutor will often charge a situation they believe to be attempted murder with the related offense of aggravated assault. […]

Can charges be changed after a preliminary hearing?

A recent question sent to me asked about the procedure in an involuntary manslaughter case.  The question was:  Can the judge decide to upgrade the charges if the DA doesn’t pursue greater charges?  The question was based on the recent preliminary hearing of Dr. Conrad Murray in the Michael Jackson death case. The prosecution files […]