Violent crimes top the list for those that are the most serious in terms of consequences. These are crimes that involve threats of harm or acts that cause injury or death to others. Because of their destructive and violent nature against human life and property, they are aggressively pursued by law enforcement and vigorously prosecuted by the courts. This means that you will need an equally aggressive and tough defender on your side to ensure that you have the legal protections and robust defense needed to meet this challenge.
At DCD Law, you can turn to a criminal defense firm that has represented hundreds of defendants over the past decade in all types of criminal allegations, including those of violent crimes. At our firm, you will always have direct access to your lead attorney who will provide the counsel and support you need to make informed decisions about your case as it progresses through the system. Our firm has only ever practiced criminal defense which means we have deep insight into the laws, procedures, and workings of the courts and can use this extensive knowledge on your behalf.
Because of their aggressive actions against human life, violent crimes are most often charged as felonies. This means that they carry prison terms of a year or more as well as large fines, and lengthy and restrictive probation periods, and they may involve other court sanctions as well.
Violent felonies may also count as “strikes” under California’s three strikes law. This law allows for longer prison sentences for anyone who has been convicted of a prior “strike.” For example, if you have been convicted of two prior violent felonies and are currently facing another violent felony charge, you could be sentenced to 25 years to life in your current case.
A conviction of a violent crime not only puts you at risk for criminal penalties imposed by the courts but it gives you a permanent criminal record that is accessible to the public on background checks. This means that you may have to explain your record to potential employers, landlords, and others, making it difficult to gain employment, housing, and other opportunities. Furthermore, a criminal record may make you ineligible for a professional license in your career path, such as for employment in medicine, teaching, pharmacy, real estate, and other trades and professions. Such a record can also put noncitizens at risk for deportation.
Your freedom and future are too important to jeopardize by turning your case over to an overworked public defender or inexperienced attorney. At DCD Law, you will have a powerful advocate on your side who is trial-tested, thorough, and laser-focused on helping you achieve the best possible outcome.