Leucadia Violent Crime Lawyers
Crimes that involve the use of force or the threat of force to harm victims or cause them to fear for their well-being are considered violent crimes. These are considered the most serious crimes and are investigated and prosecuted aggressively by law enforcement.
If you are facing violent crime charges, now is the time to consult an experienced Leucadia criminal defense lawyer. Reach out to jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys at (760) 630-2000 for skilled legal representation.
Numerous criminal offenses fall within the violent crimes category. They range from misdemeanor offenses to the most serious felonies. Conviction often carries jail or prison time. Common violent crimes in Leucadia include the following:
- Assault with a deadly weapon: This crime is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. It involves assaulting another person with a deadly weapon, or a weapon other than a firearm, or using force likely to result in significant bodily injury. When charged as a misdemeanor, it carries up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. As a felony, this crime is punishable by up to four years in state prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. California’s three strikes law may apply, resulting in a minimum prison sentence of 25 years.
- Robbery: Using force or threats to take someone’s property against that person’s will is robbery. This felony offense may be punished in the first or second degree. First-degree robbery carries up to nine years in prison, while second-degree robbery is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years. In either case, penalties may include up to $10,000 in fines. Robbery is aggravated with enhanced sentencing if a firearm is used to commit the crime or if a victim suffers great bodily injury.
- Involuntary manslaughter: Unlawfully causing the death of another person by acting with criminal negligence is the crime of involuntary manslaughter. It does not require “malice aforethought” or intent to kill another person. Potential penalties include a prison or jail sentence of up to four years and a fine of up to $10,000. It may also trigger a civil wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of the victim. This felony offense does not apply to deaths involving motor vehicles, which are charged as vehicular manslaughter.
- Criminal threats: Threatening to harm or kill a person in a way that places the victim in reasonably sustained fear for their own safety or the safety of their family is a crime in California. The crime of criminal threats is a wobbler, meaning it may be filed as a misdemeanor or felony. When charged as a misdemeanor, it is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. As a felony, it carries 16 months, two years, or three years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Sentencing may be enhanced if a deadly or dangerous weapon is used to communicate a criminal threat. A felony conviction is considered a strike under California’s three-strikes law.
Defendants facing criminal charges have rights under the Constitution, including the right to an attorney. At jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys, we have more than 30 years of experience. We can raise every argument against the charges that apply in your case, including self-defense, defense of others, accident, mistaken identity, false accusations, and duress or coercion.
Our team is prepared to develop the strongest defense possible on your behalf. Our founding attorney, James N. Dicks, is a board-certified criminal law specialist, as well as a former police officer, who utilizes his knowledge to the benefit of each client. If you are facing violent crime charges in Leucadia, contact an aggressive Leucadia violent crime attorney at (760) 630-2000 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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