Being accused of a “violent crime”, i.e. a criminal offense that is violent in nature or that is intended to cause harm, is serious business. Not only is your freedom likely at risk but you are also probably facing steep fines, the possibility of paying restitution to your alleged victim, and potentially a slew of other penalties as well. You need to defend your legal rights, and you need to do it now. Regardless of whether you are innocent or if you broke the law in some way, you need to consult with an experienced violent crime lawyer about your legal options straight away.
Accused of committing a violent crime in California? If so, My Rights Law Group – Criminal & DUI Attorneys is here for you. We have the resources and know-how necessary to beat unfounded charges!
My Rights Law Group – Criminal & DUI Attorneys is a law firm that handles a wide variety of violent crime cases throughout Southern California. Our experienced defense attorneys frequently represent clients in the following types of violent crime cases:
- Domestic violence,
- Assault /aggravated assault /assault with a deadly weapon,
- Homicide (including murder, voluntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter),
- Criminal threats,
- Child abuse,
- Weapon and firearm crimes,
- Robbery, and
- Hit and run.
Please note that our firm’s expertise extends beyond this list to encompass less frequently prosecuted violent crimes as well. Furthermore, in addition to defending clients against criminal charges we also defend their interests in related legal proceedings (such as restraining order and pretrial mental health diversion hearings).
How Violent Crimes Differ from Other Criminal Offenses
As soon as you become a suspect in a violent crime investigation it is critical that you immediately consult with a local violent crime lawyer because you need to start defending yourself straight away and there isn’t any time to lose. If you were a suspect in a nonviolent criminal case then you may be able to wait until being formally charged before securing legal representation, but because the stakes are generally so high in violent crime cases putting off consulting with an attorney is not a responsible option.
The stakes are particularly high in violent crime cases because of California’s mandatory sentencing laws, which often lead to harsh prison sentences for those convicted of violent criminal offenses. For example, California lawmakers have eliminated the possibility of felony probation in a variety of different violent crime cases (for instance, rape cases where the victim was unconscious). By removing the possibility of probation in these cases more convicts are sentenced to serve time behind bars. Furthermore, California’s famous “three strikes” law is a mandatory sentencing scheme under which an individual who is convicted of a qualifying third violent or serious felony must be sentenced to serve 25 years to life. These are just two examples of the many different mandatory sentencing laws that California currently imposes on violent crime convicts.
Violent Crime Frequently Asked Question
Q: My boyfriend was arrested for a violent crime in California, is there any chance that he will be released on bail?
A: Yes, it is possible that your boyfriend will be released on bail, being accused of committing a violent crime does not preclude this possibility. However, if the court determines that letting your boyfriend out on bail poses an undue risk to society then the option of posting bail may be denied.
Q: Are violent crimes always charged as felony offenses or are they sometimes charges as misdemeanors?
A: While many violent crimes are charged as felony offenses (i.e. offenses that can be punished by more than 12 months in prison), there are plenty of violent offenses that can be charged as misdemeanors (i.e. offenses that carry a maximum sentence of 12 months or less).
Q: The prosecution claims that they have DNA evidence linking me to a violent crime, is there any way that I can win my case?
A: Yes, definitely! While DNA evidence is often highly persuasive in court it by no means that the prosecution has a slam dunk case. Depending on the nature of the DNA evidence presented against you, your attorney may be able to show that the evidence was mishandled and should be dismissed, that the DNA presented may in fact belong to someone else, or provide an innocent explanation for why your DNA was found where it was.
Our Violent Crime Lawyers are Committed to Securing the Best Possible Outcome to Your Case
Many people who are accused of committing violent crimes in California are in fact innocent. Sometimes they are the victim of misidentification, false accusations, or simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Our firm has the expertise that is needed to get these clients off.
If a client who did in fact commit the violent act that they are accused of, our attorneys are frequently able to get their charge reduced to a less serious offense, secure a reduced punishment, or even have their charge dismissed entirely if their actions were justifiable (or partially justifiable) in the eyes of the law. For example, our lawyers have extensive experience successfully arguing self-defense, accident, and mental illness on behalf of our clients.
No matter what the circumstances surrounding your alleged misdeed are, our firm is committed to fighting tooth and nail to secure the best possible resolution to your case. This fight starts during your initial consultation and doesn’t stop until your case is closed.
Schedule Your FREE Consultation at My Rights Law Group Today
Regardless of whether or not you have been formally charged with a violent crime in California, the violent crime lawyers of My Rights Law Group – Criminal & DUI Attorneys are here for you. We would be happy to meet with you at one of our many offices throughout Southern California, or in jail if you are currently incarcerated, to discuss your legal rights and options during a free consultation. This meeting will be 100% confidential and obligation free. To find out more simply fill out our online contact form or give us a call at (888) 702-8882.