Being accused of a violent crime is scary and stressful. Many violent crimes can be charged as a strike offense—which means if you are convicted of three strikes, you could face 25 years to life In prison.
Prosecutors tend to over charge these types of offenses. What makes matters worse is often times the police do not properly investigate violent crimes—they want to close the case, and fast! This is why it is so important to aggressively fight these type of charges. The Officers are usually over worked and they need to investigate and close their case as soon as they can and move on to their next case. They will not interview ALL the witnesses, will not gather all the evidence which is why it is so important to hire a strong criminal defense attorney who interviews those witnesses who were ignored and fights for you.
Violent crimes are serious charges that usually involve the use or threat of violence. If a weapon is used, the punishment is usually very severe.
Punishment for violent crime varies greatly—the Court and the DA consider circumstances surrounding the offense, the client’s record, whether a weapon was used, whether anyone was hurt as well as a variety of other issues (like were the victims particularly helpless). Punishment can include prison time, county jail time, fines, anger management or domestic violence classes and community service or labor.
A conviction for this can affect a person’s entire future and livelihood—between employment, immigration consequences—it can endanger a person’s reputation and future. It is important to hire a qualified criminal defense attorney to handle the case as soon as you are arrested. What we do is evaluate your case from beginning to end—with discussions on strategy, an analysis of the facts, a thorough investigation, hire necessary experts and we file motions in order to fight the charges. Whether trial or a plea deal—we listen to our clients and discuss every option with an analysis of all the options.