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When a criminal act is committed in California, certain details can complicate such a case, especially if there was an element of violence. If a person has committed criminal acts with a violent aspect, such a person is charged with a felony offense. Felony offenses in the state of California are defined by the state’s Penal Code and in punishment, such offenses often result in jail time or years of a prison sentence. If a person has been accused of felony charges in the state of California, such a person should seek out the counsel and expertise of a violent crimes defense attorney in Los Angeles as they are in a better position to draw out strategies aimed at defending the rights of the accused defendant.

Taking time to understand California violent crimes laws, how they can affect your case, and how aggravated penalties can affect you as an individual are essential to protecting your rights, especially when faced with criminal charges for a violent crime in the state.

Felonies in California

Most of the violent crimes that occur in the state are classified as felony crimes. Felony class crimes are those that are committed by a person who expressly aims to inflict injury on another person or a group of persons. In cases of felony crimes, the injury inflicted can range from moderate to serious injuries, even leading to the death of the victim(s). While felony class charges have been established to be actions which are tailored towards hurting another person, these actions can also be classified into degrees based on the severity of the resulting harm and injuries suffered by the victims.

If a person has assaulted another or physically harmed a child, such a person will be faced with felony charges or aggravated assault. Other violent crimes may also be carried out alongside other criminal acts including assaults during a robbery, or the use of a weapon to threaten, assault or intimidate a victim during a robbery, murder, rape, mayhem, and other aggravated crimes.

Violent Felonies

Violent acts committed by people who have the express intent to harm or hurt another can be regarded as a felony. However, there are some specific charges that can be attributed to crimes based on actions. Murder cases or a case of voluntary manslaughter can be regarded as violent crimes also leading to a felony charge. In the case of mayhem, however, this may lead to involuntary manslaughter or murder if the victim dies.

Other common violent felonies according to state laws include sodomy, rape, and violent sexual assaults, all which are regarded to cause harm to the victim in a number of ways. People may also be charged with felony crimes for other sexual actions which have been committed orally or those classified to have been committed in lascivious or lewd ways.

Most violent felonies can lead to several years’ imprisonment or the death penalty.

Further Violent Felonies

In some cases, a perpetrator may intend not only to cause harm but to cause severe and great bodily harm and injuries to victims of their attack. In such cases where a perpetrator inflicts such injuries as this, or in cases where they hire another to inflict such physical damage, this may be regarded as a felony. 

Many crimes such as this occur during a robbery when a perpetrator attempts to dispossess their victims of their valuable items. In the event of great bodily harm, a perpetrator is faced with greater charges as robbery is originally listed as a felony and in addition faces stricter penalties for other additional crimes such as the use of force to dispossess the victim, use of weapons, infliction of great bodily harm and more.

Arson can also be classified as a violent crime as it holds the possibility of killing the inhabitants of the property. Victims may die of asphyxiation, burns, smoke inhalation and others.

Also, attempting to murder a victim, kidnapping, and different forms of sexual penetration with or without great bodily injuries inflicted are also regarded as felonies and ordinarily holds potential for great violence.

Aggravated assaults can also be regarded as an additional felony while other cases like abuse of a minor, threats that lead to physical harm, various forms of carjacking and more are also regarded as felonies.

Violence in Criminal Activity

When a perpetrator engages in acts like carjacking, extortion, robberies, blackmail and more, violent crimes are bound to occur. In the case of failed bribery or blackmail, a perpetrator may begin to exhibit violent behavior with the aim to assert dominance and power while threatening the victim into releasing the desired item of interest. While these crimes of blackmail, kidnapping, bribery, and others are regarded as felonies, they can fast become violent felonies when the violence factor is included.

When a person threatens, coerces, intimidates, manipulates or uses violence as a tool to dispossess their victims of certain items for personal gains, then, such a person may be faced with a far more severe charge compared to the original felony charges which they may have been faced with.

In cases of burglary, this can fast spiral down into a robbery when such a perpetrator chooses to employ the use of a firearm or dangerous weapon as a means to intimidate and coerce the victim who can be a business resident or homeowner. Illegal activities oftentimes become aggravated when the use of weapons like guns are introduced or uncovered.

Criminal Defense for Violent Crimes in California

When a person has been charged with a violent crime or a severe felony in the state of California, such a person may be faced with steep penalties which may involve years in jail or long prison sentences. The accused prior to being convicted or discharged of the charges, will be remanded by the state in prison custody until a discharge becomes necessary whether through a release on parole or discharge of the charges.

Defending against violent crimes in California is tough and difficult as the defendant’s legal team are burdened with the responsibility of choosing the right strategy and gathering as much evidence as possible to prove the defendant not guilty.

To get discharged, such defendant will need a rock-solid defense strategy, an alibi, or evidence that proves their non-involvement in the violent crime and most cases, professional help from expert witnesses.

By: Douglas Miranda

Los Angeles criminal attorney Douglas Miranda graduated with honors from California State University, Los Angeles, and earned his J.D. from Western State College of Law in Fullerton. Since his admission to practice law in California, he has received special training and certification in forensic science, jury selection, and sex crime defense. Mr. Miranda also helps clients terminate their probations early and expunge their criminal records.

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