Prosecutors who take violent crime cases to court focus solely on getting justice for victims. They are not interested in minimizing punishments for people who stand accused of violent offenses.

If you are facing violent crime charges in court, you must take action immediately to safeguard your future. Your first step should involve hiring a lawyer who is skilled in defending people who have been accused of such offenses.

Examples of Violent Crimes

Violent crimes are taken very seriously in the legal community because of the nature in which they are carried out and the fact that they leave behind physically and emotionally scarred victims. Some of the common offenses that fit under this umbrella term include:

  • Battery
  • Assault
  • Sexual assault like rape or statutory rape
  • Robbery
  • Use of weapons during a crime
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder/homicide
  • Domestic violence

Prosecutors and judges take their responsibilities to society very seriously in that they typically dole out the harshest penalties possible for these crimes. People who are found guilty often face steep punishments that include:

  • Jail or prison time
  • Probation or parole
  • House arrest
  • Monetary fines
  • Having to register as a violent or sexual offender

In fact, escaping the label of being a violent criminal can be near impossible when you want to rebuild your life after serving time in jail or finishing your parole or probation. Because your very livelihood can depend on what actions you take in your own best interests after being charged, it is vital that you retain legal counsel immediately.

Defending Against Violent Crime Charges

Being charged with a violent crime does not automatically mean the end of life as you know it. You can in fact successfully defend yourself in court. However, you must first retain the legal help you will need to build a case to take before a judge and jury.

While everyone in this country technically has the right to defend themselves in court, it could be highly ill-advised if you want to secure your freedom and the right to go on with your life unfettered. Your lawyer has the skill and experience needed to:

  • Gather evidence in your favor
  • Subpoena witnesses
  • Get charges lowered or dismissed
  • Negotiate a better legal agreement to work in your best interests

Further, your attorney will advise you about whom to speak and when and also what your rights are as a defendant. Having all of this information made available to you before you go to court is essential when you want to actively participate in your case. You can gain the confidence you need to fight the charges against you and anticipate going on with your life once your case has been heard in court.

Violent crimes are taken with all due seriousness in court. Prosecutors, judges, and juries have the obligation to society and to the victims to ensure that the proper parties are held accountable. Even so, you have rights as well when you stand accused of one of these offenses. You can retain your reputation and your freedom by taking the right steps in your own best interests after you have been charged with a violent crime. You should call a competent and skilled lawyer immediately when you are facing violent criminal charges.

Criminal Defense Attorney Ronald J. YengichRonald J. Yengich

Criminal Defense and occasional political trials. Mr. Yengich represented a former Salt Lake County Treasurer, Art Monsoon; a Salt Lake County Commissioner; a Salt Lake City Mayor; a Congressman of the United States of America; Anti-Shah protestors during the Carter administration; numerous judges, prosecutors, police officers and an occasional innocent citizen.

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