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Oakland man pleads not guilty in murder charge

U.S. law requires each person charged with a crime to be treated as innocent until proven guilty in a fair and unbiased trial. It should be taken seriously when a person enters a not guilty plea, even if they have previous criminal charges, and whether or not they appeared guilty at the time the charges were filed.

An Oakland man is pleading not guilty for a charge in the shooting death of an Emeryville man in September. He has also been charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and violating his probation. The man had allegedly been in hiding for more than three months before law enforcement located and arrested him.

The man also has at least two additional felony criminal convictions on his record: A 2007 conviction for a lewd act with a child that mandated his registration as a sex offender, and a conviction for failing to register as a sex offender. These older convictions may add to his prison term if he's convicted of the murder charge. Also, because of the nature and number of his prior convictions, there's a chance he could encounter a jury that's not as impartial as the law says it should be.

Having a criminal record of multiple felony offenses usually results in serious penalties that can affect a person for a lifetime. A criminal defense attorney can help those facing multiple charges to understand the potential long-term consequences, and to ensure they're represented fairly in court.

Source: Contra Costa Times, "Oakland: Not guilty plea in shooting death of Emeryville man," Feb. 25, 2013

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