Violent crimes take place when a person threatens to use force or actually uses force against another human being; force may be used with or without the aid of a weapon. Violent crimes include things like:
- Rape—forcing someone to have sexual intercourse without their consent.
- Robbery—use of force or violence or threat of force or violence to take something valuable from another person.
- Simple Assault—a physical attack of another person or threat of physical attack.
- Aggravated Assault—a physical attack or threat of physical attack with a deadly weapon.
- Homicide—killing of a human being by another human being.
Every state has their own definitions for violent crimes, as does the federal government. For more detailed information about violent crimes in your state, or the charges you may face for being convicted of committing a violent crime, consult an experienced criminal defense attorney in your state.
People accused of violent crimes face steep consequences, like prison terms, fines, restitution, and a permanently maligned name. The consequences of a felony conviction for a violent crime may have a lasting impact on an individual, affecting future job opportunities, lifestyle and even personal relationships. For this reason, it is imperative to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney in your state as soon as you suspect you may be arrested for a crime.
If you are arrested for a violent crime, it is important to know your rights (see Rights You Need to Know if You are Arrested ).
A qualified attorney can make sure your rights are protected from the time you are suspected of a crime all the way through your trial if you contact them as soon as possible. If you are not able to afford an attorney, you have the right to have counsel appointed to you (see Right to an Attorney for more information).
Violent crimes are felony charges that should not be taken lightly. Be sure to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are arrested for a violent crime.