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.