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Violent Crimes Attorney Overview

Lawyer Representation in Assault and Battery, Murder, or Manslaughter Cases

The laws in the United States are meant to protect people's personal safety, and when someone commits an offense that results in harm (or the threat of harm) to someone else, this is considered a violent crime. These types of charges can be very serious, resulting in substantial fines and jail time, as well as the potential payment of damages in a civil lawsuit.

If you are facing violent crime charges, you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you understand how state laws apply to you and work with you to determine your best options for defending against the charges and minimizing their effects on your life.

Types of Violent Crime

While each state has its own laws defining what constitutes a violent crime and the potential punishments a person may face if convicted, these types of crimes typically include:

  • Murder or manslaughter - A person may be charged with homicide if their actions led to someone's death. Charges can vary, including first or second degree murder for an intentional killing or voluntary or involuntary manslaughter for actions that unintentionally resulted in death.
  • Sexual assault - Forcible rape is typically considered a violent crime, and more serious offenses, such as aggravated sexual assault, may apply if the offender used a weapon or threatened harm while committing the crime.
  • Assault and battery - While these charges are often paired, they are actually two separate offenses. Assault generally refers to the threat to harm someone, while battery refers to the actions taken with the intent of causing harm. Depending on state laws, aggravated assault or aggravated battery charges may apply if someone used a weapon while committing an offense.
  • Domestic violence - Harming members of one's family or household, either intentionally or unintentionally, may result in serious charges. In some cases, victims may take out an order of protection against an alleged abuser, and charges can affect issues such as child custody and visitation.
  • Weapons charges - While laws related to firearms and other weapons can vary from state to state, injuring someone by discharging a firearm or using a deadly weapon is considered a violent crime that can result in serious consequences.
  • Hate crimes - Violent crimes committed against someone because of their race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation will result in much more serious charges.

While a violent crime may be charged as a misdemeanor, many offenses are considered felonies, especially if there are aggravating circumstances. A conviction can result in severe punishments that will affect one's life for years to come. If you are facing charges related to a violent crime, it is important to secure the services of a skilled attorney who can help you understand how state laws apply to your situation and advise you about your best options for defense.

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