Violent crime arrests in California can have a devastating impact on your future, including your family life and your job prospects. A conviction of nearly every violent crime may lead to a felony, which not only carries with it years of prison time and steep penalties, but also the stigma that remains with you for the rest of your life. A felony conviction can drastically impact your ability to maintain a job, receive custody of your children, or even vote in a national election. If you have been charged with a violent crime, do not hesitate to contact a San Jose Violent Crimes Lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest.
Types of Violent Crimes
Violent crime does not encompass one set definition in California, but instead refers to many different offenses which involve the use of violence during the commission of the offense. Violent crimes in California include the following:
This list is not exhaustive, and many other crimes are included throughout the state of California which include violence during the commission of the offense. The California “Three Strikes Law” was recently updated through Proposition 36 to provide that a person convicted of two prior felonies will face 25 years to life in prison upon conviction of a violent crime as a third conviction. This is different from the previous law, which only required three convictions for a defendant to face that drastic penalty. However, now defendants must be convicted of a violent crime in order to face that type of heightened punishment range.
Violent Crime Penalties
Most violent crimes are felony offenses and as such, are often punishable by the highest tier of penalties, including decades in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Certain offenses can be amplified to violent crimes (and therefore greater penalties) given the facts and circumstances of the case, as relayed by the police or alleged victims. For example, murder charges are often heightened to first degree murder if evidence suggests that a “destructive device” was used during the commission of the offense. Many crimes contain similar language which heightens the degree of the offense as well as the respective penalty range.
It is important to discuss all the facts and circumstances of your case with your San Jose defense attorney as soon as possible. Any witness statements must be reviewed by your attorney shortly after the offense takes place in order to receive the most accurate witness testimony. Witness memories often begin to fail weeks after an incident occurs.
Ahmed and Sukaram Law | San Jose Violent Crimes Lawyer
If you have been arrested on suspicion of a violent crime, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Ahmed and Sukaram. Our San Jose violent crimes attorneys have years of experience in assisting clients with their violent crime arrests and will work tirelessly to mitigate your penalties through delving deep into the facts of your case. Every case is unique, and many arrest records do not detail the true circumstances of the arrest.Contact us today for your initial free consultation.