Being accused of a violent crime is no joke. Before you are even arrested, the other side is going to be building a case against you so that you get punished to the full extent of the law. For some, this means spending the rest of your life in jail.
When people think of violent crimes, they think of murder and abuse. However, there are many types of crimes that are classified as violent crimes. Here is a list of some of the most common.
Murder. If you are planning to kill someone, it is murder. If convicted, the jury truly believes that you had the intent to hurt someone either by force or tricking them. Murder has to be premeditated.
Murder is considered a Class A felony, though it can sometimes be more severe or less, depending on your final sentencing. The most common are felony murder, negligent homicide, and even manslaughter.
Felony murder. When you commit a felony murder, you end up killing someone while you are committing another crime such as robbery or burglary. If you have kidnapped someone who escaped, you may commit a felony murder when you find them.
Criminally negligent homicide. Criminally negligent homicide can be fought when you are doing something with risk but you continue to do it anyone. Texting and driving is a common negligent homicide. If you kill someone because you are not paying attention, you could be arrested for this charge. Though the lowest, this is still considered a Class A felony.
Manslaughter. Manslaughter is often done in the heat of moment. You may kill someone with a gun but you didn’t plan to do it ahead of time. Maybe you had an argument and grabbed the gun, thinking you would scare someone a little bit and it went off. Car accidents that lead to the end of a life are often classified as manslaughter. Emotional disturbances can also be penalized under this classification.
Depending on what you are charged with, some manslaughter charges are considered Class B while others are Class C. Though most of these require prison sentences, the amount of time that you serve will depend on the class (and the skill of your lawyer).
Assault. Assault charges can be slightly complicated. Even if you don’t hurt someone in a fight, just scaring them may be enough to get arrested. The most common type of assault is fighting. Your punishment will depend on the crime and the harm that you did.
Domestic violence. Domestic violence includes many things, including verbal arguments and threats, harassment, and force. Most prosecutors try to punish domestic violence to the full extent of the law to protect the victims, which can be scarred for life.
Robbery. Taking something that doesn’t belong to you, whether you use force or not, is considered a violent crime. Unfortunately, many people carry guns when they go to rob a person or place and it can get even worse. There are times when death occurs, making the crime a felony murder.
Kidnapping. Taking someone by force and keeping them away from their family and home is a serious violent crime. It doesn’t matter who you kidnap or what you do with them (sexually assault them or not), kidnapping is taken very seriously.
Sexual assault with a firearm. Any form of sexual assault is bad but, by bringing a gun into the equation, you made it worse for yourself. If any death occurs, you will be charged with a felony murder.
If you have been accused of a violent crime, you need a criminal defense attorney or lawyer that will help you build a solid case so you don’t spend your life in jail. As soon as you have been arrested, their lawyers are working to build a case against you. They want you to suffer.
A highly qualified violent criminal lawyer will help you with your case. They will help you understand what you are facing and do their best to get you the best possible outcome after your arrest. They will work very hard to ensure that you have the lowest sentence possible so you can still have a life, especially if it was a mistake. Contact us for all of your legal needs.
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