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What is the Definition of Violent Crime?
Violent crime is any conduct that involves the intentional threat, attempt, or actual infliction of physical harm from one person to another. Violent crimes do not always have to be physical harm on someone. Criminal threats and assault on another would also be classified as a violent crime.
Violent crimes also have different types of penalties than a non-violent crime. In addition, the characteristics of the victim may alter the seriousness of the charges. For example, if a police officer, a woman, or a child was the victim of the violence, the crime will likely be subject to increased charges
What Are the Different Types of Violent Crimes?
Violent crimes are types of crimes that involve physical harm caused by one person to another. These actions can lead to severe legal penalties. The use of a weapon can also raise the seriousness of the crime.
Examples of violent crimes include:
- Assault and battery
- Aggravated assault and battery (assault and battery with a weapon, or against a woman, child, or police officer)
- Murder and other homicide-related crimes
- Robbery (theft involving physical harm or threats of harm)
- Sexual assault crimes
- DUI Vehicular Manslaughter
What Are the Penalties for Violent Crimes?
Violent crime laws often involve very serious legal consequences such as criminal fines, jail time, and sometimes life prison sentences. Penalties for violent crimes may depend on the seriousness of the crime, as well as the way that it is classified. Some crimes such as battery are considered to be misdemeanor offenses, resulting in a small criminal fine and jail time of less than one year.
Other crimes, such as murder or armed robbery, can result in felony charges that usually involve large fines and time in prison for more than one year.
What Are the Defenses for Violent Crimes?
Some defenses for violent crimes include:
- Self-Defense: The defendant can argue that he used violence for defensive purposes. The use of force by the defendant must be proportional to the force being used against them. Also, the defendant cannot be the aggressor or initiator of the violence.
- Intoxication: Defendant can argue that he was intoxicated when he used violence if the intoxication negated the defendant’s ability to control their intentions.
- Defense of Property: Using force to defend property is generally only a defense if the trespasser was using force against the property owner
What Is the Difference Between a Violent Crime and a Non-violent Crime?
The difference between a violent crime and a non-violent crime is the nature of the act itself. Non-violent crimes are those crimes that do not involve the use of any force or injury to another person. The seriousness of a non-violent crime is usually determined in terms of economic damage or loss to the victim. Most non-violent crimes involve some sort of property crime such as larceny or theft. The difference in these crimes would be that there is no one being harmed and only property is being taken.
A violent crime, on the other hand, involves physical harm or threat of harm on another person. For example, robbery would be considered a violent crime since you are threatening or harming another to deprive their property.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help Defending Against Violent Crime Charges?
Violent crime charges can sometimes lead to very serious legal penalties. When faced with criminal charges, your best interests will be served by hiring a qualified and experienced criminal defense lawyer. Your attorney can help determine whether you have any defenses and represent you during the court proceedings.
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Last Modified: 05-26-2016 11:59 AM PDT
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