An arrest or accusation for a violent crime places your entire future at risk. Aggressive prosecutors will work hard to secure a conviction, resulting in your loss of freedom. Depending upon the type of violent crime, you may face life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. You are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. At Michigan Defense Law, we want to provide you with the best defense possible. If you’ve been charged with committing a violent crime, contact Michigan Defense Law today.
Common Types of Violent Crimes
The National Institute of Justice defines violent crimes as those where a victim experiences harm by a threat of, or by violence. Violent crimes include rape and sexual assault, robbery, assault, and murder. In addition to domestic violence, violent crimes may involve elder abuse and crimes against children. Here are just a few of the more common types of violent crimes:
Assault charges can vary in severity based upon the nature of the crime. For example, a charge of assault to do great bodily harm less than murder can include charges of strangulation. The punishment if convicted is severe, with possible prison time of not more than 10 years or a fine of $10,000 or both.
Felonious or aggravated assaults result in serious bodily harm such as broken bones or a loss of consciousness. These assaults typically involve a weapon such as a gun or a knife. Assault cases can range from misdemeanors to felonies depending upon several factors, including the severity of the victim’s injuries.
Rape and domestic violence cases are also violent crimes. With both types of crimes, the most common weapon is a personal weapon, such as hands, fists, or feet.
Convictions for certain sexual assault cases may require you to register as a Michigan Sex Offender. This registration means that your private information, such as your name, address, and date of birth are visible online for anyone performing a search. Registering as a sex offender can limit where you live and make it difficult to find employment.
When a violent crime turns deadly, you may face a charge of murder or manslaughter. According to data from the Michigan Incident Crime Reporting (MICR) division of the state police, there were more than 500 murders reported in 2018. The data shows that a firearm was the weapon in 72 percent of the murders.
There are two types of murder charges: first-degree and second-degree. For a charge of first-degree murder, a prosecutor must prove premeditation. If convicted under this charge, you face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Manslaughter charges also fall under two categories: voluntary and involuntary. A voluntary manslaughter charge implies that the death occurred in the “heat of the moment,” and was not premeditated. An involuntary manslaughter charge means the intent was not to kill the victim. An additional type of manslaughter is negligent manslaughter and refers to vehicle accidents that result in the death of another person.
No matter what type of weapon used, when charged with murder or manslaughter, you face serious prison time. Your freedom and your future are too important to trust to just anyone. Contact an experienced Michigan criminal defense lawyer to review your case as soon as possible.
Robbery and Burglary
While both are violent crimes, there is a difference between robbery and burglary. A robbery occurs when someone uses a threat of violence to take something from another person. Burglary involves unlawful entry, such as breaking and entering, of a building or other structure with the intent of committing a theft or felony.
The number of burglaries committed in Michigan during 2018 was more than 25,000, and more than 5,000 robberies occurred. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is just one way to receive a charge of burglary.
You Are Innocent Unless Proven Guilty
These are a few examples of violent crimes that can result in long prison terms upon conviction. Providing strong defense against aggressive prosecutors is vital to securing your freedom and clearing your name. At Michigan Defense Law, we understand the tactics prosecutors use to secure convictions. We also understand Michigan law and how the court systems operate. Let us help you prepare for your defense by contacting us today.
Defense Representation From Day One
When a violent crime occurs, law enforcement, prosecutors, the victim, and often the public, want to hold someone accountable. If that person is you and you are innocent of the charge against you, let us help.
If a member of law enforcement wants to question you regarding a violent crime, do not speak with them without an attorney present. Chances are they may use tactics that result in your implicating yourself. The only person looking out for you is you, making it imperative to get legal representation immediately. Having a highly skilled lawyer will ensure your rights are protected and that someone is on your side.
Don’t underestimate the seriousness of a violent crime charge. Investing in quality legal representation is vital to securing a more favorable outcome for your case. Trust the legal professionals at Michigan Defense Law to protect your rights from day one of the investigation. From the beginning of the investigation until the conclusion of your case, our legal team will stand by you and stand up to aggressive prosecutors.
Time is of the essence, so don’t delay. A strong defense requires time for research and trial preparation. You cannot afford to hesitate in securing legal representation. The worst plan you can have is to see how things “play out.” The charge is too serious to take this approach to your situation.
As soon as you know that you are either suspected or charged with a violent crime, secure legal representation. Call us at (248) 451-2200 or contact us online to schedule a free evaluation of your case. The sooner we review your case, the sooner we can decide upon the best course of action for you.
Michigan Defense Law proudly serves all of southeastern Michigan including Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, Bloomfield Hills and the surrounding areas of Troy, Rochester Hills and Royal Oak.