What is a Violent Crime?
Violent crimes are criminal acts that involve the use or threat of violence. In most cases, violence is used as a means to an end, especially during crimes such as rape and robbery. During the commission of a violent crime, the offender may or may not use a weapon. If the offender uses a weapon while committing a violent crime, or if the act of violence causes injury or extreme distress to another person, the offense will usually be classified as felony, although some violent offenses are charged as misdemeanors.
Frequently Committed Violent Crimes
In California, commonly committed violent crimes include: assault, battery, robbery and armed robbery, murder, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, gang crimes, kidnapping, arson, domestic violence, stalking, hate crimes, carjacking, sexual assault, and terrorist threats.
California Violent Crime Legal Penalties
If a person is convicted a violent crime he or she may be punished by imprisonment in jail or in state prison for extremely long period of time, including life; large fines and fees; court ordered restitution; anger management classes; community service; and other penalties.
If the defendant has a prior criminal offense on his/her record, or if the defendant used a weapon while committing the crime, he or she may be subject to enhanced criminal charges and sentencing if convicted. Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved, it is always in a person’s best interest to obtain the services of a criminal defense attorney who has the legal background and knowledge it takes to successfully fight violent crime charges.
The Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C. is located in downtown Santa Rosa, California, conveniently located minutes from the Sonoma County Courthouse and Jail facilities. We are also accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! If you have been charged with committing a violent crime call the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C. at (707) 636-3204 or toll free at (888) ZELIGLAW.