Violent crimes are harshly punished in the state of California. If you have been arrested for committing a violent crime, you may be facing a prison term of 25 years to life or the death penalty, depending upon the individual circumstances of your case. A conviction of any of the following crimes will result in extremely serious penalties:
Arson, Assault, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Assault on a Police Officer, Battery, Child Abuse, Child Endangerment, Criminal Threats, Domestic Violence, False Imprisonment, Firearm Offenses, Gang-related Violence, Homicide, Kidnapping, Manslaughter, Murder, Rape, Resisting Arrest, Stalking, Unlawful Possession of Firearms, and Vehicular Manslaughter.
To determine whether or not a crime is classified as “violent” the following factors will be taken into account:
- If the crime was intentional
- If a firearm was used in conjunction with the crime
- The degree of injury suffered by the victim
In the event that you are convicted of a violent crime you may have to pay expensive monetary fines, seek anger management classes, and serve a term in jail or prison. In certain cases, a violent crime conviction may result in the death penalty. Due to the serious legal repercussions, it is imperative that you hire an accomplished and aggressive violent crime defense attorney to represent your case. You have a lot at risk, and should not attempt to represent yourself when your freedom and future are in jeopardy.
Homicide cases, especially, require the experience and skill of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who has successfully represented clients faced with homicide, manslaughter, and murder charges.