Los Angeles Violent Crime Attorney
Charged with a violent crime? We can help.
If you have been charged with a violent crime, whether you are guilty or
not, you need to contact a Los Angeles violent crime defense lawyer immediately.
Penalties for violent crimes are harsh because they usually result in
an injured person and sometimes death. They include any crime in which
the offender uses or threatens the use of violent force on the victim.
Violent crimes can be committed with or without
Some examples of violent crimes are: murder, manslaughter,
sexual battery and
domestic violence. The seriousness of these crimes will result in very serious penalties,
if convicted. You could spend many years in prison and could even receive
a life sentence. A conviction of this kind can destroy your future and
create a significantly negative impact on your family.
One of the greatest dangers associated with violent crime charges relates
three strikes law. If a defendant is convicted of a violent felony offense, he or she may
receive a permanent "strike" on his or her record. A second
strike will result in double the normal penalties, and a third strike
may result in 25 years to life in prison. Many violent crimes, including
robbery, manslaughter, murder, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon,
are "strikeable" offenses.
Types of Violent Crimes
Considering the harsh consequences of a violent crime conviction, our criminal
defense firm places a strong focus on the defense of these offenses. You
can learn more about some of our key practice areas in this arena by reviewing
the specific offenses listed below, or by calling for a confidential review
of a particular case.
This may be described as an attempt of violence or harm against another
person. Separate from battery, which could include the act of harm itself,
assault charges require only an attempt and actual or apparent ability
to carry out such an attempt – even if the act is not carried out.
With battery, a defendant may face misdemeanor or felony charges for willfully
and unlawfully using force or violence against another person. Unwanted
or offensive physical contact may also be considered battery, and a defendant
may face harsh penalties.
Attempting to commit a crime is unlawful, even if the attempt is unsuccessful.
This applies to murder, as well as other crimes. With attempted murder,
a defendant may face 15 years or more in prison, depending on the circumstances
surrounding the alleged attempt.
Taking and/or holding another person against his or her will is the general
description of kidnapping, though there are different types of criminal
charges associated with this offense. In most cases, a kidnapping conviction
will count as a strike on a defendant's record, making it crucial
to aggressively challenge such charges.
A lesser charge than murder, manslaughter is a crime that involves killing
another person, without malice aforethought or in other circumstances
not equivalent to murder. Causing another's death in an auto accident
while DUI is an example of when manslaughter charges may apply.
The most serious violent crime a person may be accused of committing,
murder is defined in California Penal Code §187(a) as "the unlawful
killing of a human being or fetus with malice aforethought." Malice
aforethought may include acts stemming from the specific intention to
kill another person as well as a wanton disregard for human life.
A terrorist threat may be defined as making a threat of violence or harm
with the intent of causing public panic or of causing fear or intimidation
in the minds of the victim/s. Verbal, written or physical threats may
apply under this law, and a defendant may face misdemeanor or felony charges.
Do Not Wait to Call a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been accused of any violent crime, you need experienced and
proven legal counsel – and you need it right away. The sooner we
can get to work on your case, the better your chances are for a positive
outcome. We can meet with you in a free initial consultation to discuss
your exact situation and we can then advise you on your options and the
best defense strategy for your case.
Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer may mean the difference between
freedom and spending a large portion of your future behind bars. A skilled
attorney may be able to get far better results than you could have imagined
possible. At Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners, we have more than 70
years of combined experience to bring to your defense. We are excellent
negotiators and are always prepared to go to trial when necessary to seek
a not guilty verdict for our clients.
Contact a Los Angeles criminal lawyer
at our firm for more information.