Violent crimes are the most serious crimes for which you can be arrested, and, as such, carry the steepest criminal penalties. While it is the duty of the police and prosecutors to protect the public from violent criminals, it is also the duty of police, prosecutors, and the rest of the legal system to determine who is actually a violent criminal, and who got caught up in circumstance. One side of a criminal complaint is never the only side. Getting both sides of the story, and ensuring police, prosecutors, and judges in the criminal court system take both sides into account is the only thing that makes the criminal justice process work for everyone.
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Though there are hundreds of crimes that have violent aspects, less than two dozen crimes are actually categorized as “violent” under California state law. These include:
- Murder or manslaughter
- Attempted murder
- Rape and sexual penetration
- Assault with intent to harm
- Sexual abuse of a child
- Threats to witnesses
- Any felony in which grievous bodily harm is inflicted on another person
- Any felony punishable by death or life imprisonment under state law
While the categories are few, compared to the thousands of criminal activities specified under California law, the district attorney has a lot of discretion in determining whether some criminal acts, such as assault, should be charged as violent crimes or not. The only way to know the intention of the individual charged with a crime is to ask the individual charged, and the only way to ensure a violent crime charge doesn’t turn into a conviction is to prove the defendant’s intentions in court.
Turn to a Violent Crimes Attorney in Redwood City
When you have been arrested for a violent crime, the police and prosecutor’s investigation has one end in mind, convicting you of the charges brought against you and putting you in prison. Attorney Naresh Rajan has the opposite end in mind. Mr. Rajan knows there are two sides to every criminal arrest, and he will hear you out, dig deeper on your behalf, and research all the laws and precedents that help build a strong case in your defense.
Whether you didn’t commit the crime, or you did commit the crime with which you have been charged, Mr. Rajan understands a criminal act is more than just the act itself, but the reason behind the act, and he will put forth every effort to get your side of the story across in court.