If you have been charged with a violent crime, I can help. I am San Diego criminal attorney Peter M. Liss and I have defended hundreds of people who have been accused of assault, battery, manslaughter, weapons charges, murder and more. If you have been accused of one of these very serious crimes, please call my office at (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation. I offer affordable rates, accept all major credit cards and, thanks to my answering service, I can be reached at all hours of the day and night.
Violent felonies not only carry some of the most severe sentences of all criminal offenses, they also count as “strikes” under the three strikes law. If you receive three strikes, even if the first two were somewhat minor offenses, you can be sentenced to life imprisonment. If you are facing a potential third strike, a San Diego criminal defense lawyer like me can help you fight the charge so you have something better to look forward to than a lifetime behind bars.
There are many different types of violent crimes, ranging from assault to murder. Anyone who has gang affiliations will face increased sentences for violent crimes, as will anyone who is believed to have acted violently as part of a hate crime. Whatever the specific offense you have been accused of, I can help, as I have experience defending people accused of all varieties of violent crimes. If you aren’t sure what potential sentence you are facing or if you are eligible for a plea bargain, be sure to ask your San Diego criminal attorney during your initial consultation.
The most commonly charged violent crime is assault. Although most people believe assault means to do physical harm to another person, this is actually the definition of battery. Assault, on the other hand, involves threatening to harm someone or attempted battery. You can be charged with assault even if you never even touch the other person. Either of these crimes may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the specifics of the situation. If a person received “great bodily injury” due to battery, the assailant will face a strike under the three strikes law.
Common weapons charges include possessing a prohibited weapon, unlawfully discharging a firearm, brandishing a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, unlawful sale of a firearm and failing to register an assault weapon. Penalties vary greatly for these crimes, but most will involve jail or prison time, fines and many will result in the loss of the right to bear arms.
The most serious violent crime is murder, but not all homicides are murder. If someone was killed in an unlawful manner, but the death was not on purpose, the killer can only be convicted for manslaughter. In many murder cases, the San Diego criminal lawyers involved will be able to have the charges reduced to manslaughter because the prosecution will not have enough evidence to prove the death was intentional and unjustified. These high profile crimes are often very complex and carry serious penalties including the death penalty. Anyone accused of killing another person should immediately contact a skilled San Diego criminal defense attorney.
If you are under investigation for or have been accused of any type of violent crime, please call my office at (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 as soon as possible. It is critical you have a top San Diego criminal lawyer working to protect your rights and fight the charges against you from the beginning of your case to the end.
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