If you’ve been accused of a violent crime, you may be wondering what to do next. Facing these charges can feel overwhelming, and many people don’t know where to turn for help.
Violent criminal charges tend to come with some of the harshest penalties allowed by law, so having the right criminal defense representation can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Depending on the specifics surrounding your case, our legal team may be able to fight for an acquittal or dismissal of your charges. If not, we can at least work to fight for reduced charges or a reduced sentence.
Violent criminal convictions can have a serious impact on the rest of your life, so be sure you have serious criminal defense in place. Schedule your case evaluation with the Leventis Law Firm today by giving us a call or filling out our online form.
WHAT DEFINES A VIOLENT CRIME?/
One of the most common questions we receive from those who have been charged with a violent crime is “what exactly sets a violent crime apart from a non-violent crime?” The answer here, on least on the surface, is pretty straightforward. A violent crime is one that involves the use of force or injury to another person. However, it is worth noting that in some circumstances, even threat of bodily injury or harm can result in a violent criminal charge as well.
A violent crime may or may not involve a weapon, and the degree of injury inflicted on the alleged victim can vary greatly as well.
When compared to non-violent crimes, violent criminal charges bring along some very severe sentences and punishments if a conviction is reached. It is not uncommon for convictions to result in not just hefty financial fines, but incarceration in prison or even a death sentence. For this reason, it is important to have strong criminal defense in place if you have been charged with a violent crime; your future could very well rely on the outcome of your case.
COMMON VIOLENT CRIME CHARGES/
There are many charges that fall under the category of violent crime, including arson, assault, and many sexual offenses. Here are some of the most common types of violent crime charges in our criminal justice system:
Murder – an intentional killing of another human being with prior planning and/or contemplation. It is important to distinguish murder from manslaughter, an act done without planning or malice before the act is carried out.
Burglary – knowingly entering or breaking into a property, building, or structure to commit a crime and without permission to enter. It is worth noting that a person can face criminal burglary charges even if there was no “breaking and entering” involved; simply opening an unlocked door and committing a violent crime inside a person’s home is grounds for a burglary charge in most states.
Armed Robbery – the act of robbing a person while armed with a dangerous weapon, such as a knife or gun.
If you have been arrested and charged with these or any other violent crimes, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced defense attorney from the Leventis Law Firm to discuss your potential defense options today.
WHY YOU NEED A VIOLENT CRIME DEFENSE ATTORNEY/
Any time you’re facing criminal charges, it’s a good idea to have an attorney to represent you; however, this is especially true if you’re facing violent crime charges. After all, the potential sentences can be much harsher with a violent crime conviction than with a non-violent crime. Depending on your specific charges, you may very well be facing long-term incarceration in a maximum-security prison, hefty fines, or maybe even the death penalty. In this sense, having the right legal team on your side will give you the peace of mind of knowing your rights and best interests are being represented through every step of the legal process.
And because the legal process involved with trying a violent crime can be quite complex and drawn out, having a violent crime defense attorney can help you navigate this difficult process with confidence.
The rest of your life can very well be determined by the outcome of your violent crime case, so make sure you have the right representation. Our firm has years of experience in helping people who have been charged with violent crimes by crafting a strong defense which may lead to dismissal of charges or acquittal in court. Take the first step in securing legal defense today by scheduling your free case evaluation and consultation with the Leventis Law Firm.