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In California, a violent crime is one that causes (or attempts to cause) harm or serious injury to another person. If you've been charged with murder, manslaughter or another violent offense, you could face punishments of years in prison and/or steep fines. Additionally, most violent crimes are felonies, and, because of the state's Three Strikes Law, a conviction could put you at risk of increased or mandatory sentences. With so much at stake, it's recommended you speak with a skilled attorney as soon as possible.
As a seasoned trial lawyer and an aggressive advocate, I, Attorney Jay Jaffe, will provide the sound legal advice you need for your case. I have over 40 years of experience and have handled even the most complex criminal matters. When you hire me, I will provide personalized attention and explore every legal avenue to challenge the prosecutor's case against you and fight to protect your rights. I have an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® and a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating, and I will be by your side throughout your case.
What's Considered a Violent Crime?
Generally, violent crimes are felony offenses that occur when a person intends to cause harm or bodily injury to another. Under California laws, a felony is an offense that can be punished by up to life in prison, a prison sentence, or, for specific crimes, a term in county jail for 16 months or 2 or 3 years.
The following are considered violent crimes:
- Mayhem: This offense occurs when a person willfully dismembers an individual or injures their body part in such a way that it's disabled, disfigured, or useless. A person could also be charged with this crime if they, cause serious harm to a person's tongue, eye, nose, ear, or lip.
- Rape: A person commits this offense when they have sexual intercourse with another by use of force or threats of retaliation.
- Lewd or lascivious acts: Engaging in a lewd or lascivious act with a person under 14 years of age, by use of force, or threat of bodily injury to gratify sexual desires is an offense.
- Robbery: This offense occurs when someone takes another's property by use of force or fear.
- Arson: A person could be guilty of the violent crime of arson if they willfully start a fire that causes great bodily injury.
- Kidnapping: This involves forcibly taking a person across state, county, or country lines.
- Carjacking: A person commits this offense if they take someone else's car by the use of force or fear.
What's the Three Strikes Law?
California's Three Strikes Law was enacted in 1994, and it establishes increased sentencing for individuals convicted of serious or violent felonies. If a person is found guilty of any felony and they had 1 prior serious or violent felony conviction, their prison sentence is doubled. Upon a third or subsequent conviction for a serious or violent felony, they face a minimum prison sentence of 25 years to life.
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