A violent crime is any crime involving the injuring or disfiguring of another person. In most cases, these involve intentional acts leading to injury. However, some violent crime may involve unintentional acts, or acts that were intended for other persons. Violent crimes often result in either misdemeanor or felony charges. The seriousness of the crime is often based on factors such as:
Some examples of violent crime include:
Some crimes, such as robbery, often do not need to involve physical contact. Sometimes the threat of harm is enough to result in criminal charges. Even the use of fake weapons can lead to criminal charges, especially if the victim had a reasonable belief that the weapon was real and that they would be harmed.
Some defenses for violent crimes include:
There may be other defenses available, but this will depend upon the facts of the case. Also, criminal defense laws may vary by state or even by jurisdiction, which can alter the way a defense applies to a case.
Violent crime often involves very serious criminal penalties, such as fines or jail time. You may wish to hire a criminal defense lawyer if you are involved in a criminal case for violent crime. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice on the criminal laws in your area. Also, your lawyer can help determine whether there are any defenses that apply to your situation.
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