Violent Crime Defense Lawyer in California
Under California law, any criminal offense where an individual uses force is considered a violent crime. It can range from misdemeanor offenses such as simple assault or robbery to the more severe felony offenses of murder, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, rape, and manslaughter.
These offenses can carry stiff penalties, including fines, jail time, and, depending on the severity of the crime, can count as a strike on your criminal record under California's three-strikes law.
If you are facing charges for any violent crime, be sure you have an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney on your side. At Cron, Israels & Stark, we have been fighting to protect the rights of people throughout the Los Angeles area who have been charged with all types of violent crimes.
Violent Crime Police Investigations
Due to the increase in violent crimes in Los Angeles, lawmakers have significantly increased the legal penalties if a person is convicted. Due to public pressure to solve these crimes, police detectives will sometimes rush their criminal investigation to make an arrest. Detectives can take statements from an over-eager witness who may be mistaken or even lying.
This can result in a devastating misidentification where false criminal charges are filed against an individual who did not commit a violent crime. In a city as large as Los Angeles, the goal of understaffed police detectives is to clear their case as soon as possible so they can move on to another investigation.
Our experience is that police will sometimes not take the necessary time to gather all the evidence or witness statements, which could have resulted in the prosecutor declining to file charges or filing less severe charges.
Our defense lawyers are very familiar with California criminal law and criminal procedure. California Penal Code Sections 664 and 21(a) are the statutes that descried attempted crimes. In other words, trying to commit a crime is a crime and a separate offense that can be charged on its own.
We will use all our knowledge and experience to ensure that a jury or court does not consider illegal evidence. A rush to judgment to make an arrest can result in the prosecutor filing charges for the most severe type of violent crimes. Even worse, an innocent person may be convicted for a crime they did not commit.
Robbery and Burglary Laws in California
Robbery under California Penal Code 211 PC and burglary under Penal Code 459 PC are grave. If you are being charged with a robbery or burglary crime, you should contact a criminal defense attorney at Cron, Israels & Stark as soon as possible.
A criminal conviction of this nature carries with it very severe consequences, such as fines and restitution, long-term loss of freedom, permanent criminal record, and probation, to mention a few. Your freedom and future are at stake with the seriousness of these infractions.
A conviction of a burglary or robbery charge can make it difficult to obtain a job, hold certain professional licenses, obtain and build credit for your future and even to live a normal life.
Suppose you have been accused of the violent crime of robbery. In that case, our criminal defense lawyers can provide you with uncompromising service to protect your rights and will vigorously fight for you.
What is the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?
A robbery is a theft crime that is defined by using force, intimidation, and violence or the threat of violence to take possession of someone else's property to deprive them of it. Robbery requires that you take the personal property that belongs to another person without permission
Due to the violent nature of such a crime, prosecutors are well known for their aggressive attempts to obtain a conviction in robbery and armed robbery cases. You can face charges for robbery under PC 211 when you:
- Take the personal property of someone else
- In their immediate presence
- Against their will
- Using any type of force or fear
A burglary is a crime that is defined as breaking and entering a building without permission with the intention of committing a crime while inside.
The “breaking” still occurs even if a door is open or a window is unlocked due to unauthorized entry. Even though burglary is normally considered to accompany a theft, entrance without consent with the intent to commit any kind of crime is burglary.
Different factors to determine the severity of punishment will be considered, such as previous criminal records, the type of building entered, and crimes committed during the unlawful entry. Still, the consequences of a conviction can result in:
- Fines and Restitution
- Prison sentence
- Permanent criminal record
Charged with Battery or Aggravated battery?
To be charged with the crime of battery or aggravated battery in the State of California is not a matter to be taken lightly. The police, prosecutors, and judges view it as serious offenses.
Thus if you are suspected or charged with a violent criminal offense, you must contact a criminal defense attorney. A conviction can result in penalties and punishment such as significant fines, years of incarceration, probation, and more.
A violent crimes attorney at Cron, Israels & Stark understands that in many cases, the details and facts involved in a case of battery or aggravated battery can become obscured due to domestic dispute or a barroom brawl.
This then leads to the police and prosecutors making wrong assumptions about the guilt or innocence of the person charged. Because of this, innocent people have been convicted for a crime they did not commit. Your rights and freedom are at stake, so call our office today to set up an appointment.
State or Federal Weapons Charges
The laws in California regarding firearms are stringent and can be very complicated. If you have been charged with violating the firearm laws, it is extremely critical to the defense of your case to consult with a criminal defense attorney as early as possible.
Punishments you can face include costly fines that could financially cripple you and your family and possible jail or prison time, depending on the charges' severity and facts. Firearm offenses can include some of the following:
- The use of a firearm in an assault
- The discharge of a firearm illegally
- Illegally selling firearms
- Possession of a firearm without a legal permit
- Carrying a concealed weapon and not having a permit to do so
- The illegal transport of firearms
Firearm charges can be very distressing and frightening to confront and may have a detrimental effect on your life and future. At the law firm of Cron, Israels & Stark, our attorneys have the understanding, years of practice, and skill to defend individuals accused or arrested on firearm or gun charges.
Aggressively Defending Your Rights
When you hire our firm, you can count on us to pursue every legal option available to reach a positive outcome in your case. Our attorneys will work diligently in examining all the evidence to find weaknesses in the prosecution's case. If you are convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, you could be facing severe collateral consequences, such as deportation or loss of a professional license.
We follow up on leads and witnesses that may have been missed in the initial investigation and will build the most compelling case we can get in your defense. There are many legal defenses against violent crime charges, such as self-defense, defense of another person, misidentification, or false witness statements.
We defend clients against a wide variety of violent crime charges, including:
- Assault and Battery
- Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury
- Battery on a Police Officer
- Kidnapping During Carjacking
- False Imprisonment of a Hostage
- Firearm Offenses
- Assault with Deadly Weapon
- Assault on a Police Officer
- Assault on a Public Official
- Attempted Murder
- Brandishing a Weapon or Firearm
- “10-20-Life” Gun Enhancement
- Great Bodily Injury Enhancement
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm
- Shoot at Inhabited Dwelling or Vehicle
- Hate crimes
- False Imprisonment
- Weapons Charges
- Gang-Related Crime
- Sexual Assault
- Negligent Homicide
- Vehicular Assault
- Voluntary Manslaughter
Contact Our Defense Lawyers for Immediate Assistance
Suppose you have been arrested for a violent crime offense in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, or Ventura County. In that case, you must obtain the legal services of a criminal defense lawyer who has experience defending these types of cases.
If you are currently under criminal investigation for a violent crime, early intervention by our legal team can make a massive difference in the outcome of your case.
If necessary, we can also seek a bail reduction on your case. California self-defense laws allow you to protect yourself in certain situations.
We are skilled courtroom negotiators and may be able to get your charges reduced to a lesser offense or dismissed altogether. Learn the common defenses in California murder and attempted murder charges.
Over our decades of practice in criminal law, we have developed excellent relationships with police, prosecutors, and judges.
Contact our law firm today to discuss your case with one of our attorneys. At Cron, Israels & Stark, we will help you understand the legal issues involved in your case. We are available to discuss your case anytime, 24/7, during your consultation.
Our legal staff will strive to provide you with an aggressive and committed defense to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
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