A variety of criminal charges can be labeled as violent crimes. Just about any crime involving an injury or threat of injury to another person is considered violent. In some cases, it doesn’t matter whether a weapon is used or not. If a person is injured during the commission of a crime, or if that person’s safety is threatened, you could be facing criminal charges for a violent crime. No matter what violent crime charges you’re facing, it’s a good idea to get with a criminal defense lawyer who has proven case experience as soon as possible. Violent crimes convictions can land you behind bars for an extended period of time. Listed below are some common types of violent crimes.
Types of Violent Crimes
- Aggravated assault
- Weapons charges
- Domestic violence
- Sexual assault
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Depending upon the severity of the incident, and whether or not somebody was seriously injured, an assault charge can either be simple or aggravated. In most cases, a simple assault will be a misdemeanor charge. If another person was seriously injured or if there was a deadly weapon involved, it’s possible to face a charge of aggravated assault. This is a felony charge, and if convicted, you could face more than a year in a correctional facility. There are also different victim categories that can increase the seriousness of your crime. Special victims like emergency responders, law enforcement officers, judges, public school teachers and other vulnerable or special victims might mean you could be facing more serious charges or penalties.
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Murder is obviously the most serious crime we think of when violent crimes are considered. In Mississippi, murder is a capital crime, and that means that defendants can face life in prison or the death penalty, if convicted. If you’re facing murder charges in Mississippi, contact an experienced and proven criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. There is no time to lose. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better chance you have at a favorable outcome in your case.
Sex crimes are also taken very seriously as violent crimes in the State of Mississippi. These violent crimes involve a sexual element. They can include rape, sexual assault and just about any criminal offence that involves sexual acts against victims. These crimes often hold very serious penalties. The most difficult part of a sex crime conviction is often the stigma associated with it. If convicted of rape or another type of violent sex crime, in addition to prison time, fines and other expenses associated with the crime, you also have to register as a sex offender. Long after you’ve paid your debt to society, you will still be haunted by the stigma and label of being convicted of a sex crime. The most important part of any case is contacting a lawyer immediately after your arrest or charges.
Penalties Associated With Violent Crimes
The penalties and punishments associated with violent crimes vary as widely as the different crimes. While there are a few violent crimes that fall into the misdemeanor category, most crimes involving violence and injuries to victims are felonies. The prosecution takes crimes where people are hurt, especially where injuries are intentional, very seriously. If convicted of a felony violent crime, you could be facing years in a correctional facility, life behind bars, or even the death penalty. To talk about unique circumstances and potential penalties in your case, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon after your arrest as possible.
After a Violent Crimes Arrest in Jackson
After any kind of arrest, it’s important to remember to exercise your rights. You have the right to remain silent. Exercise it. Politely decline to answer any questions from investigators or interrogators and ask to speak with your lawyer. The initial arrest or questioning is a critical time period for your case, and it’s essential to make sure you do the right thing, and contact your lawyer. Many people fall into the trap of not wanting to look guilty, so they waive their right against self-incrimination. This is a mistake. Your rights have nothing to do with guilt or innocence. They’re just your rights, so contact a lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest. It could make a difference between walking free and getting locked up. A criminal investigation can be a stressful time, and a lawyer can be your advocate, protect your rights and fight for your freedom.
If you have been arrested or charged with any kind of violent crime, contact the skilled and proven Criminal Defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for an immediate case consultation.