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What Do I Do When I Have Been Charged With a Violent Crime?

A violent crime occurs when the accused is said to have used or threatened to use a level of force against an alleged victim. These crimes are usually considered the most serious and the prosecution will try to convict the defendant to the fullest extent of the law. When you or a loved one have been accused of a violent crime, you need to take immediate steps to protect and defend your future.

What is a violent crime?

While any violent offense will be treated seriously by law enforcement, suspects that have previously been convicted, whether violent or non-violent, will find the court less than sympathetic to their case. At a time like this, it is important to remember that being charged with a crime does not mean you have been convicted and you are still entitled to certain rights.

Common violent crimes include the following:

  • Armed robbery
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Carjacking
  • Domestic violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Voluntary manslaughter

When you have been charged with any of these crimes, your defense lawyer will go over the details of the event to determine a valid defense. While violent crimes are vigorously prosecuted in the courts, and aggressive and experienced attorney will know what defense strategies to use for your situation.

How can I defend myself against violent crime charges?

In general, a violent crime defense can go one of two ways. You can show that you were wrongly accused or that you committed the act, but out of self-defense in a less severe manner. In order to be convicted of a crime, it must be proved beyond a shadow doubt that you are guilty. If there is any indication that you may not have committed a violent crime or that you had reasonable cause to do so, the charges against you may be reduced or in some cases even dropped.

There are many defenses that can apply to your case. By retaining an aggressive attorney with extensive experience handling cases similar to yours, you can ensure that you make the most of your defense in court. To find out if Brent Labovitz, Attorney at Law is right for your case, call today for a free consultation .

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