Violent crimes carry stiff penalties in California and require a lawyer experienced in defending serious offenses. That being said, there are many different violent crimes in California and each one carries different penalties and will require a different method of defense.
Some of the most common violent crimes are sex crimes that incorporate violence, domestic violence causing serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious bodily injury and manslaughter. If you have any gang affiliations or if the crime is believed to be a hate crime, the sentence associated with the crime you are accused of will be increased accordingly.Violent felonies are automatically strikes if they fall under a specified list of covered crimes in the penal code. If you are convicted of a felony violent crime, it is a strike whether or not you go to jail or prison. If you do get sent to prison you will be required to serve serve 85% of the time before being eligible for parole.
No matter what the charges or the specific details, it is imperative that anyone accused of one of these crimes immediately contact a skilled Vista violent crimes lawyer like Peter M. Liss. If you have any questions, please feel free to call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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