Violent crime is defined as any crime that involves physical harm unlawfully caused by the defendant against the victim. Some violent crimes can also involve threats of harm that are used to accomplish another crime (such as an armed robbery). Due to the seriousness of some violent crimes, they are often associated with strict criminal penalties, such as time in prison or jail, as well as a criminal fine. This is especially true for violent crimes that are classified as felonies.
The availability of such defenses will depend on state criminal statutes, as well as the facts in each case. Also, some defenses such as intoxication may serve to lower a sentence, but the record will still reflect that the person pleaded an intoxication defense. This might have an effect on any subsequent criminal proceedings that the person might be involved with in the future.
Most states categorize violent crimes according to misdemeanor or felony categories. Misdemeanors involve minor injuries or harm to the victim, whereas felony violent crimes usually involve severe bodily injury (SBI), intent to kill, or the use of a deadly weapon.
Also, it is worth noting that some unintentionally caused injuries may result in violent crime charges. For instance, DUI vehicular homicide cases can result in criminal charges, even if the defendant did not act intentionally to cause harm to the victim.
Criminal cases can often involve some very complicated legal concepts and strategies. This is especially true when attempting to raise a defense for violent crime charges. It’s in your best interests to hire a qualified criminal defense lawyer in your area if you need assistance with criminal charges. Your attorney can provide you with the legal representation needed during trial to ensure that your rights as a criminal defendant are being protected.
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