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Being charged with a violent crime is always a serious situation. In California, laws are especially strict when it comes to crimes of violence. A person’s life can be significantly impacted for merely being under investigation for this type of offense, even if they are not charged or convicted.
If you are dealing with violent crime charges, you should get in touch with a criminal defense attorney immediately. Each of your next steps is crucial, including what you say to the police. Vadgama Law is here to be your advocate and guide you through every stage of the legal process. Our Los Angeles violent crime attorneys have over 20 years of combined experience and have handled thousands of cases. We’re ready to clearly explain your rights and legal options and help you pursue a successful outcome.
What Is Considered a Violent Crime in California?
Also referred to as “offenses against the person,” violent crimes involve inflicting or threatening physical harm upon another person while committing a crime. For example, an individual may be charged with a violent crime of battery if they attacked someone with their fists. Violent crime charges would also result in a situation where a person threatens another individual with violence in order to steal something from them, which is specifically called robbery.
There are several offenses that qualify as a violent crime, including:
- Attempted murder
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Oral copulation
- Lewd or lascivious acts
Violent Crimes & Three Strikes Laws
California was one of the first states to enact three strikes laws. Under these laws, certain kinds of offenders incur significantly harsher consequences for repeat offenses. The basic idea is likened to baseball, where a third strike means you are out. In the legal realm, strikes refer to convictions for certain types of offenses, including crimes of violence. People who have two or more previous serious or violent felony convictions could face 25 years to life in prison for any new felony conviction, even if it is not serious or violent.
Additional rules pertaining to the three strikes law include:
- Second strikes – If a person has one previous conviction for a serious or violent felony conviction, the sentence they will incur for any new felony conviction will be twice as much as the normal sentence.
- Consecutive sentencing – If a person is charged with more than one crime in a court case, they must complete the sentences one after the other. For example, two third strike offenses would result in two minimum 25-year terms which will be added together, equaling a minimum 50-year term.
- Time elapsed since prior conviction is irrelevant – Under the three strikes law, strikes never go away. The length of time between a prior offense and a new offense does not affect the three strikes sentencing scheme.
- No probation, suspension, or diversion – Repeat strikers will not be eligible for probation, suspension, or diversion.
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If you or a loved one has been charged for a violent crime and you are looking for aggressive defense, turn to the legal team at Vadgama Law. The consequences of a violent crime conviction can wreck your life. Our Los Angeles violent crime lawyers are determined to do everything possible to prevent this from happening.
Entrust your case to a legal team with a proven track record. Call (562) 414-6688 now to obtain the representation you deserve.
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