A violent crime is conduct that involves the intentional threat, attempt, or actual infliction of physical harm to another person. Not all violent crimes require there to be physical harm. Threatening actions that cause others to fear that they will be harmed is often enough to constitute a violent crime. Violent crimes include, but are not limited to:
Violent crimes often involve serious legal penalties including criminal fines, jail time, and in some instances the death penalty. Penalties for violent crimes vary considerably depending on the seriousness of the crime, how it is classified, and other factors unrelated to the criminal act itself (criminal history, signs of contrition, extent of the harm caused).
Generally, these crimes are separated into felonies and misdemeanors. Less serious violent crimes such as battery are often classified as misdemeanors and carry a maximum prison sentence of 1 year. In contrast, crimes such as armed robbery are considered felonies and carry a minimum of 1 year in jail, as well as possible fines, the loss of the right to own a firearm, and a possible need to disclose the crime to future employers.
There are several defenses for a violent crime charge:
Violent crime charges can 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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