Violent Crimes Attorney
Criminal Defense Attorney for Violent Crimes
If you stand accused of committing a violent crime, you will most likely face the harshest penalties the criminal justice system has to offer. The penalties may include serving a lengthy prison sentence, hefty fines, court-mandated probation and more.
What are the Consequences of a Conviction?
- Substantial jail or prison time
- Significant fines
- Restitution to victim
- Community service
- Court mandated treatment program
- Permanent criminal record
Types of Violent Crimes
Violent crimes encompass a broad range of criminal offenses:
- Attempted murder
- Assault, Assault with a deadly weapon
- Weapons charges
- Domestic violence
- Sexual assault/battery, rape
Assault & Battery
If you are facing an assault charge, it means that someone felt threatened by you and were fearful that you were going to hurt them in some way. An assault can turn into a battery charge if you caused the person bodily harm or made physical contact in a way that was offensive or without the person’s consent. While assault and battery are two separate crimes, you could face joint charges. A simple assault charge could be raised to aggravated assault if there was serious bodily harm done to the victim while using or exhibiting a deadly weapon.
Two Types Of Physical Assault
- Sexual Assault: sodomy, molestation, rape, or any other kind of sexual act or offense committed without the victim’s consent
- Domestic assault
If you deliberately or recklessly caused a fire that resulted in damage to property, home, or business, you can be hit ith a with an arson charge, regardless of whether someone was inside the building.
Murder: the unlawful act of killing another human being. There are varying degrees of murder that represent the severity of the crime.
- First-degree murder or capital murder is the most serious form of murder. In most states, a first-degree murder involves deliberate planning, premeditation, or malice.
- Second Degree Murder is intentionally killing someone without planning to do so in advance.
- Felony murder is a killing that happens during the commission of a crime. The murder isn’t necessarily planned out or intended; it’s just a consequence of the other offense.
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Involuntary manslaughter
A robbery charge alleges that you intentionally took someone else’s property using the threat of, or use of force. If you were carrying a weapon when the crime was being committed, a simple robbery charge could be elevated to an armed (using a nonlife-threatening weapon) or aggravated (using a deadly weapon) robbery charge.
Burglary: breaking and entering with the intent to commit a crime
Kidnapping: 1) holding someone where they are not likely to be found, (2) without their consent, and (3) by some use of force.
Stalking: following, harassing or intimidating another person
Aggravating Factors that Enhance
- Type of crime committed
- Seriousness of victim’s injuries
- Whether a weapon was involved
- Existence of prior criminal convictions
A criminal defense attorney will formulate a defense strategy based on the particular crime you are charged with as well as:
- self defense
- lack of specific intent
- insanity defense
- coerced confession