Violent crimes are strongly prosecuted in courts. Being investigated or charged with this type of offense is a life-changing experience because there is so much at stake. An individual facing charges involving a violent offense should seek a criminal defense attorney who has a proven track record of success.

Newport Beach violent crime lawyer, Scott D. Henry, and his team have successfully defended hundreds of cases for individuals charged with offenses ranging from terroristic threats to first-degree murder. We have extensive knowledge of local law and procedure and are here to help you through this difficult experience.

What is a Violent Crime?

A violent crime occurs when an individual is threatened or harmed with violence. They are serious offenses and are punished harshly in the area. Some examples of these aggressive offenses may include:

  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Battery
  • Carjacking
  • Criminal Terroristic Threats
  • Domestic Violence
  • False Imprisonment
  • Kidnapping
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • Stalking

Under no circumstances should an individual speak with law enforcement without first seeking the assistance of an experienced local defense attorney. Even if they believe speaking with authorities will help prove their innocence, words can be twisted or misunderstood. It is important to remember that “anything you say can and will be used against you.” Our lawyers in Newport Beach could help someone build a case and determine the best course of legal action based on the alleged violent crime they committed.

The Difference Between Involuntary and Voluntary Manslaughter

Involuntary manslaughter is defined as the unintentional but unlawful killing of another person. Voluntary manslaughter is defined as the unlawful killing of another person without premeditation.

The key difference is for a voluntary manslaughter charge, there must be an intent to kill while involuntary manslaughter does not. Premeditation is required for a murder charge and not necessary for involuntary or voluntary manslaughter.

Manslaughter charges could be complicated. A knowledgeable attorney who has experience defending manslaughter cases could thoroughly explain the charges, your rights, and how to move forward.

Violent Crime Conviction Penalties in Newport Beach

Courts in the area give harsh penalties for violent crimes. However, the penalties vary greatly and depend on the facts of the case. Common punishments for these convictions include:

  • Probation lasting for a year or more. While on probation, the individual must report to a probation officer, not get in trouble with the law, and must pay any fines.
  • Restitution or compensation given to a victim for medical expenses or other costs related to the crime. Prosecution and court costs can also be included.
  • Fines that vary depending on the circumstances of the case.
  • Prison sentence that depends on the circumstances. A violent crime conviction can result in a sentence of years, decades, or even life.
  • Death or capital punishment

The Importance of a Thorough Investigation in Violent Offense Cases

Our attorneys could thoroughly investigate your violent crime case to help you clear your name. Police often rush the investigation process. Rushing frequently results in an innocent individual being overcharged by the prosecutor or being wrongfully convicted for a violent crime they did not commit. We could search for the truth and uncover any mistakes made by the police.

Investigators may take statements from individuals who are not telling the truth. They also may take statements from individuals who either do not remember or are unsure as to what really happened. Mr. Henry and his team may be able to disprove their statements, which could result in lesser charges or a dismissal of charges.

Our team also investigates if any illegal tactics were used to gain evidence. For example, if the law enforcement denied an individual their right to remain silent, we could seek to suppress this evidence. The police must also stop questioning someone immediately if they request a lawyer. If the police performed an illegal search, it could be fought in court. Any material collected may be deemed inadmissible. Our defense team could do a thorough search for any gaps or inconsistencies in the prosecution’s evidence.

Contact a Newport Beach Violent Crime Attorney Today

Our criminal defense attorneys at The Office of Scott D. Henry have unparalleled success and experience in defending violent crime charges, including the extreme defense of individuals facing the death penalty. We understand the nature and severity of criminal charges. If you are being investigated for, or have been charged with, a serious offense, you should contact one of our Newport Beach violent crime lawyers immediately. During your free consultation, we could discuss the facts of your case, answer any questions you may have, and determine how to best fight for you.

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