First-degree murder and attempted murder are punishable by life in prison.

Mr. Baker has helped several clients avoid life sentences; either by persuading the prosecution or the judge that a less severe sentence was more appropriate, or by convincing a jury that the defendant’s conduct was justified in some manner.

In unusually serious cases, the prosecution may seek the death penalty. Mr. Baker is one of a very small number of attorneys who have been deemed by the State of California to have the skill and experience required to represent those charged with capital murder.