What are the potential penalties for violent crimes?
In our state, violent crimes are considered either misdemeanors or felonies, with felonies resulting in more severe penalties. Potential penalties vary depending on the seriousness of the injury, the type of crime, the use of a weapon, and whether or not death occurred. Anyone convicted of a violent crime may face prison sentences, large fines, community service mandates, child custody restrictions, loss of civil rights, educational opportunity limitations, and employment opportunity limitations.
What are the potential defenses against violent crimes?
Several common defense strategies are used in an attempt to dismiss violent crime charges or win an acquittal. These strategies include self-defense, defense of others, lack of intent, and mistake of fact. A violent crimes lawyer can help you build the best possible defense for your specific circumstances.