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Top-Level Defense Against Violent Crime Charges in California

Top-Level Defense Against Violent Crime Charges in CaliforniaIn the State of California, violent crimes are criminal offenses that have been classified as such because they usually involve the threat of force or the use of force, which has hurt victims. The act may have also placed victims in a position where they may have feared for their lives. In most cases, the presence of a weapon is not necessary for the offense to be labeled as a violent crime, but the presence of one will definitely aggravate the charges. Generally, the penalties for a violent crime are severe, and therefore, it is important to obtain an experienced attorney right away. The skilled attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP can provide the criminal defense you need.

The criminal defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP have represented hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases throughout the State of California. As a result of their extensive experience, the criminal defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP have garnered an outstanding reputation for favorable case outcomes. When facing violent crime charges, you will need the legal support of a defense attorney who excels during negotiations as well as during the trial. Consider obtaining a free case evaluation from the attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP today by completing the online contact form here.

What Constitutes a Violent Crime in California?

For the most part, a violent crime in the State of California is a crime where bodily harm is inflicted or threatened to be inflicted on a person by another. While the definition is broad, what is distinguished is that the act is “violent” while other crimes are not. For instance, a person hacking a computer and stealing a person’s private information is serious and could certainly inflict stress and worry on a person. The offense, however, does not inflict bodily harm on the victim, therefore, it is not a violent crime.

Crimes Considered To Be Violent

A crime that is considered to be violent in California will usually be penalized more harshly than crimes that are not violent. The court will generally elicit a harsher response whenever a person is attacked. Currently, there are specific crimes that the state considers “violent”. A few of these crimes include:

  • Murder,
  • Carjacking,
  • Theft,
  • Mayhem,
  • Arson,
  • Kidnapping,
  • Robbery,
  • Sex crimes, and
  • Aggravated assault

Potential Penalties for Violent Crimes

Every conviction will carry different penalties since crimes can often carry different circumstances. For the most part, violent crimes are considered felonies, since they usually involve harm or the threat of it.

In California, felony crimes will generally result in a year in state prison along with year-long probation. Aside from this, it is important to note that felons will experience a loss of certain rights and privileges, including:

  • The loss of the right to vote,
  • The loss of the right to obtain a license to carry a gun,
  • The inability to travel abroad,
  • The inability to be hired in certain places, and
  • The inability to obtain government aid, such as federal grants for higher education or housing aid.

Obtain the Defense You Deserve – Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Today

When being investigated for a violent crime or facing charges for one, it is necessary to obtain the proficient representation of a criminal defense attorney. The right defense for a case may not always be easily attained; nonetheless, aggressive representation is necessary to ensure a defendant’s rights are not violated. If you are facing violent crime charges, obtain the support of an established attorney right away.

The seasoned criminal defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP are well-versed in criminal law cases, including those involving violent crimes. When facing criminal charges, it is necessary to obtain legal support promptly to ensure the case can be thoroughly investigated. Take swift action and consider hiring Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP to ensure your rights are protected. Obtain a free case evaluation by completing the contact form today.

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Stephen Levine, is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense — an honor achieved by only the top criminal law attorneys in California. Mr. Levine has over 40 years of experience in criminal defense and family law serving Southern California, and is a highly regarded Super Lawyer as well as AV Rated attorney.