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Violent Crimes in Los Angeles

Posted on: March 23, 2009 at 8:40 a.m.

Violent crimes in Los Angeles are charged as felonies and carry with them heavy consequences in Los Angeles. Los Angeles violent crime defense lawyers regularly counsel clients through investigations, trials and all manner of legal proceedings.


Being charged with a violent criminal offense in Los Angeles is a serious, often frightening experience. Since the penalties for a violent crime can be so severe, a conviction for a violent criminal offense could completely change your life.


What exactly is considered a violent crime? In the simplest terms, a violent crime is a criminal act committed with the use of violence (obviously), force or threats. Violent crimes can occur with or without the use of a weapon. Victims of violent crimes typically end up either severely injured or dead. Violent crimes are usually classified as felonies (especially if a weapon is involved) and examples can include: murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, robbery, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, hate crimes, assault and/or battery, aggravated assault, and carjacking.


For the most serious violent crimes, such as murder, a minimum sentence would typically be 25 years in prison for a conviction while the maximum sentence imposed would be life in prison, or the death penalty since it is legal in Los Angeles. Penalties for all types of violent crimes vary depending on the individual circumstances. For instance, assault with a fist is typically punished less harshly than would be assault with a baseball bat or a knife. Penalties for robbery can be anything from two to nine years in a state prison for a conviction, while a conviction for carjacking can incur a prison sentence of between three and nine years.



Violent crimes convictions in Los Angeles have the added dimension of the inclusion of Californias "Three Strikes Law." This law has the effect of enhancing punishments depending on the prior criminal record of a defendant, sometimes doubling a prison sentence if convicted of a second or third crime. With two or more prior felony convictions, a defendant can also face the possibility of life in prison even if the crime they are currently on trial for would not otherwise merit such a punishment.

When you find yourself in a situation where the rest of your life could be spent in prison, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you have been accused of a violent crime, call the attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP immediately. Their combined 50 years of experience in criminal defense has taught them the importance of details in each individual case and how those details can possibly save you from life in prison.

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