Los Angeles Violent Crime Lawyer

Now or in the future, if you are charged with a violent crime in Southern California, whether or not you are guilty, you need to reach an experienced Los Angeles violent crime lawyer immediately. The penalties for those convicted of violent crimes are harsh in California because violent crimes typically end in injuries or death. A violent crime can be committed with or without weapons; it is any crime where violence is used or threatened against a victim. In Southern California, if you’re accused of a crime of violence, call the Miranda Rights Law Firm in Los Angeles at once and get the legal assistance you’re going to need.


Violent crimes are among the most serious crimes that you can commit in California. Violent crimes can include but are not limited to:

  • murder and manslaughter;
  • robbery;
  • kidnapping; and
  • domestic violence.

Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being or a fetus with malice aforethought, which means the accused acted with a wanton disregard for human life. First degree murder is charged when you commit a premeditated murder, a felony-murder, or a murder by inflicting torture or using a destructive or explosive device. Certain types of murder are considered capital murder, which means the defendant could face a life sentence without parole or the death penalty.

Second degree murder is any murder that is not covered by first degree murder laws. This crime is punishable by fifteen years to life in prison, but these penalties can increase if certain circumstances apply to your case. For example, the minimum sentence will increase to twenty years if the victim was killed when you shot a firearm from a vehicle with the intent to cause the victim serious bodily harm. Both first and second degree murder charges are a strike on your record under California’s three strikes law.

Voluntary manslaughter occurs when someone is killed in the heat of the moment or during a sudden quarrel. If you are convicted of voluntary manslaughter, you could face up to eleven years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Involuntary manslaughter occurs when you kill someone unintentionally while committing a crime that is not considered to be a dangerous felony. Involuntary manslaughter charges carry possible penalties of up to four years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Many times, lawyers with clients who are facing murder charges will fight to have the charges reduced to manslaughter, since the penalties are far less severe. However, manslaughter charges, both voluntary and involuntary, are very serious and should not be taken lightly.

Robbery is the crime of taking property in the possession of someone else from his person or in his immediate presence against his will using force or fear. Robbery is a felony and the prosecutor may opt to pursue the case either the first or second degree. First degree robbery occurs when you rob someone who has recently used or is near an ATM, the driver or passenger of a car, bus or any other type of motor vehicle, or when the robbery takes place within an inhabited structure. First degree robbery may be punishable by up to nine years in state prison, while second degree robbery is punishable by up to five years in state prison.

Kidnapping occurs when you move another person a substantial distance without that person’s consent using force or fear. Using force or fear means you have either inflicted harm on the person or have threatened to do so. Aggravated kidnapping is an even more serious crime, which involves the same elements of simple kidnapping with the addition of a demand for ransom, the crime of carjacking, or inflicting serious bodily harm on the victim. It is also considered aggravated kidnapping when you use force, fear or fraud on the victim who is under the age of 14. Simple kidnapping is a felony and may be punishable by up to eight years in state prison, while aggravated kidnapping may be punishable by up to life in prison.

In California, you may be charged with domestic violence if you use physical force, abuse a spouse or partner or threaten to use violence against an intimate partner. You could also face criminal charges if you brandish and threaten assault with a deadly weapon. The penalties for domestic violence can vary greatly depending on what injuries were caused and your prior record. However, most of the time you will receive a minimum of 30 days in jail, even if it is your first offense. You may also be required to attend a year long domestic batterers’ class. Domestic violence crimes are usually considered crimes of moral turpitude, meaning you may face deportation if you are an illegal immigrant.

Whatever the nature of the violent crime you’re facing, you need an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to represent you and defend your case.


A conviction for a violent crime can ruin your career, destroy your future, and devastate your family. Almost all violent crimes are “strike” crimes under California’s Three Strikes Law, and conviction on a third strike charge can mean 25 years to life in prison. If you’re accused of any violent crime, you need proven, experienced legal counsel right away, because choosing the right lawyer can make the difference between freedom and years of imprisonment. After more than a decade of criminal defense experience, LA criminal defense attorney Douglas Miranda is ready to represent you. He’s already defended thousands charged with crimes by police in Southern California.

Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Douglas Miranda brings exceptional legal skills, a wealth of legal knowledge, and a reputation for aggressive, impassioned defense representation to every case he handles. He will fight hard to win justice for you, defending your case aggressively whether your case involves murder, child abuse, sexual battery, assault with a deadly weapon or another crime.


If you’ve been charged with any violent crime in southern California, put an experienced LA violent crimes defense lawyer to work for you. After examining your case, Douglas Miranda will explain your legal options and work to develop the most effective possible defense. At the Miranda Rights Law Firm, we take our responsibility to our clients seriously, and we put our experience to work for you. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles violent crimes lawyer, contact us today. Send an email, or call 213-255-5838. Se habla español.