Being convicted of a violent crime alters the course of your life and having a lot to lose you will need an experienced violent crimes lawyer.
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At the Los Angeles law firm of Lluis Law, our violent crimes lawyer in Los Angeles, California represents individuals charged with a wide range of violent crimes.
In addition to the crime of murder stipulated in code 187 of the California Penal Code, there are more than 20 crimes classified as violent in the state.
The above are just a sample of some of the most common we work on. Whatever your case is, we can review it and give you the best option.
What are violent crimes?
Generally, a violent crime is defined as one in which the person inflicts or threatens to inflict physical harm on another person. This is a general definition but one that encompasses the idea behind the classification of “violent” versus those who are not.
For example, a hacker who accesses a company’s database to steal private information commits a serious crime. However, since there is no bodily harm involved in this process, it is not considered a violent crime.
Types of violent crime
Violent crimes fall into two categories: misdemeanors or serious crimes.
- Misdemeanors: They carry less prison terms compared to serious crimes.
- Serious offenses: They can result in significant prison terms, including life imprisonment or even the death penalty if charged federally or in states that still have legal enforcement.
Expert defense lawyers for violent crimes in Los Angeles
People charged with a violent crime will generally face substantial sentences in state prison. California’s Three Strike Act lists a series of violent charges as serious and violent crimes.
A person convicted of one of these crimes may suffer the following consequences:
- Substantial time in prison and serving 80 to 85% of your sentence.
- If you are also convicted of two “strike” offenses or have previous violent crime convictions, you face a 25-year life sentence.
- Big fines.
- Restrictions on the driver’s license.
- Negative labor consequences.
- Damage to your reputation in the community.
- Ban on carrying firearms.
- Impossibility of accessing rehabilitation programs by being categorized as a violent criminal.
With over 50 years of combined experience, our attorneys have successfully handled hundreds of cases.
Can you get release on bail if you are charged with a violent crime?
The reality is that in many cases you can be released on bail while awaiting trial on the charges. This depends on your county, state and local prosecutor. If denied you would have to remain in jail until the trial date.
These types of crimes cause a public security problem and are a cause of concern for the security of the alleged victim. Therefore, many judges refuse to allow the accused to be released until the trial date or to carry out an in-depth investigation.
Note: If released on bond, you may be ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim. Failure to comply with this or any other condition of bail can end up with you staying in prison until the trial date.
Possible defenses for violent crimes
Here are some of the possible defenses that our violent crimes lawyers can use in your benefit:
Self defense: If your actions were legally justified to protect yourself from an ongoing attack you may be entitled to this concept. Partial self defense may also be applicable to decrease charges.
Consent: If the victim consented to the action there may be a defense for you. This is mainly used in cases of sexual assault and rape. It is important to note that a minor does not have the legal capacity to consent a sexual contact. Therefore this defense does not apply to cases of sexual abuse of minors or rape.
Defense of property: If your house was invaded by an intruder using force, it is possible to use it in your defense.
Madness or disability due to mental illness: If you were unable to control your actions or understand the consequences at the time of the incident, you may have a full or partial defense.
Intoxication: If you were severely intoxicated, you may have a partial defense for a violent crime that requires a guilty mind (mens rea in criminal law) to be found guilty.
Our meticulous defense of your case
- We will conduct a thorough investigation of your case that includes witness interviews and expert consultations.
- After evaluating your situation, we will consider possible defenses, severity factors for the charges, and how to decrease them.
- We will try to negotiate a charge reduction or total dismissal.
- If we must go to trial, we will do so to represent you with a compelling argument for your defense.
If you have been arrested for a violent crime, act quickly. Our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys can review the details and possible defenses of your case.
Our consultation is 100% free, confidential and does not commit you to anything.