Defense Against Los Angeles Violent Crimes Charges
Being charged with a violent crime in Los Angeles County is a very serious matter. Such charges are thoroughly investigated by the police, who may have specialized units within their department specifically tasked with investigating the case and making arrests.
If you are being investigated for any type of violent crime, it is crucial that you seek the help of an experienced Los Angeles violent crime defense attorney from our law firm without delay.
Individuals who are charged with violent crimes face serious consequences, as many of these crimes are considered felonies. The penalties for those convicted of violent crimes can include time in county jail, fines, restitution, probation, parole, loss of the right to own or possess a weapon, and other serious penalties. To better understand the consequences, it’s important to take a look at the most common types of violent crimes in Los Angeles County.
What Are Some Types of Violent Crimes?
- Assault and battery
- Aggravated assault (assault with a deadly weapon)
- Weapons and firearm charges
- Sex crimes, including date rape
- Narcotics offenses
- Attempted murder
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Domestic violence
Assault and Battery – Penal Code 240
Assault is the attempt to commit a violent injury on another person, while battery is the actual use of force or violence on another person. Penal Code 240 defines assault as “an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another,” while Penal Code 242 defines battery as “any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.”
Aggravated Assault (Assault with a Deadly Weapon) – Penal Code 245(a)(1)
This occurs when an individual uses a deadly weapon or instrument to commit an assault. Penal Code 245(a)(1) defines this offense as “an assault with a deadly weapon or instrument other than a firearm upon the person of another.”
Robbery – Penal Code 211
This is the act of taking someone else’s property by force or fear. Penal Code 211 defines robbery as “the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.”
Weapons and Firearm Charges – Penal Code 12020-12027
This includes possession, sale, and use of weapons and firearms. Penal Code sections 12020-12027 cover various weapons offenses, while Penal Code sections 23500-34500 cover firearms offenses.
Arson – Penal Code 451
This is the crime of deliberately setting fire to property. Penal Code 451 defines arson as “the willful and malicious burning of property.”
Sex Crimes, Including Date Rape – Penal Code 261-269
This includes a wide range of offenses, from sexual assault to rape. Penal Code sections 261-269 cover various sex crimes.
Theft/Burglary – Penal Code 459-464
This includes stealing someone else’s property or breaking into someone else’s property with the intent to steal. Penal Code sections 459-464 cover various theft and burglary offenses.
Narcotics Offenses – Penal Code 11350-11392
This includes possession, sale, and use of illegal drugs. Penal Code sections 11350-11392 cover various narcotics offenses.
Carjacking – Penal Code 215
This is the act of taking someone else’s car by force or fear. Penal Code 215 defines carjacking as “the felonious taking of a motor vehicle in the possession of another, from his or her person or immediate presence, or from the person or immediate presence of a passenger of the motor vehicle, against his or her will and with the use of force or fear.”
Attempted Murder – Penal Code 664/187
This occurs when an individual takes a deliberate action that, if successful, would result in the death of another person. Penal Code 664/187 defines attempted murder as “the willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of another person.”
Murder – Penal Code 187
This is the intentional killing of another person. Penal Code 187 defines murder as “the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought.”
Voluntary Manslaughter – Penal Code 192(a)
This occurs when an individual kills another person in the heat of passion or while under the influence of extreme emotional disturbance. Penal Code 192(a) defines voluntary manslaughter as “the unlawful killing of a human being upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion.”
Domestic Violence – Penal Code 273.5-273.8
This includes physical or emotional abuse of a spouse or intimate partner. Penal Code sections 273.5-273.8 cover various domestic violence offenses.
Kidnapping – Penal Code 207
This is the act of taking someone else against their will and holding them against their will. Penal Code 207 defines kidnapping as “the forcible or fraudulent taking or enticing away of any person, with intent to detain or conceal him or her from any competent authority.”
Mayhem – Penal Code 203
This is the act of intentionally causing a serious injury to another person, such as disfiguring them. Penal Code 203 defines mayhem as “the malicious disfigurement or disabling of any part of the body of another person.
What Are Penalties for Violent Crimes?
If convicted of a violent crime, the penalties can be severe and may include a minimum of one year in state prison, probation, and a loss of certain rights, such as the right to vote, own a firearm, travel internationally, and access certain employment opportunities and community programs.
In addition to the legal consequences, a conviction for a violent crime can have a profound and lasting impact on your personal and social life. It can result in punitive fines, which can run into tens of thousands of dollars, and can limit access to employment and housing opportunities. People convicted of violent crimes may also lose custody of their children, or visitation rights, which can be an incredibly devastating experience.
Therefore, if you are facing charges for a violent crime, it is important to fight hard to prove your innocence. Being convicted of a violent crime can have serious and long-lasting consequences that can impact many aspects of your life, and it is important to have a strong defense strategy to protect your rights and interests.
California Three-Strike Law System
Under the California Three Strike Law, certain violent crimes are considered serious and can result in severe penalties for those convicted. In addition to a lengthy prison sentence, individuals found guilty of these crimes must serve 80-85% of their sentence.
If someone has two prior serious or violent convictions, they could face a sentence of 25 years to life. These offenses not only violate the law, but also endanger the lives and well-being of innocent individuals. Cyrus, the Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at Tabibnia Law Firm, has decades of experience representing those accused of violent felonies. He has handled numerous serious cases and has the expertise to provide an effective defense.
Call Violent Crime Defense Lawyer
Violent crimes can result in severe charges, leading to imprisonment or jail time. Therefore, it’s risky to trust a novice attorney with your future. If you’ve been accused or arrested for a violent crime, it’s vital to seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Cyrus, the defense lawyer at Tabibnia Law Firm, has a proven history of successfully defending clients against various types of violent crime cases.