Experienced California Violent Offenses Lawyer
Common violent offenses include:
- Assault and battery
- Homicides, including first/second degree murder and manslaughter
- Domestic violence
- Robbery (theft through the use of force)
- Sexual assault and abuse crimes
- False imprisonment
Some non-violent crimes are often raised to a level of violence. For example, it is common for fraud, a non-violent crime, to involve some form of violence. This can happen if the fraud was forced under threat of harm or coercion (i.e., forcing a person to sign a contract under threat of harm to them or their loved ones).
Punishments for Violent Crimes
Both non-violent crimes and violent crimes can result in serious legal consequences. In general violent crimes usually result in stiffer penalties. However, there are some non-violent crimes that are also punished very strictly. Violent crimes usually result in more severe legal punishments than non-violent crimes, including higher fines and longer incarceration periods in a prison facility.
A properly raised defense, such as self-defense or consent, can drastically reduce or even remove the legal penalties associated with a crime. Consult the Law Office of James M. Bishop to discuss your specific situation.