What Charges are Considered to be Violent Crimes?
2 years ago by Brian
A conviction for a violent crime in Minnesota can lead to severe penalties, along with a violent crime conviction on your record. An experienced Woodbury violent crimes attorney will explore all of your options with you and help you decide on the best course of action for your case.
A conviction for a violent crime can result in serious criminal penalties, including monetary fines, jail time, and mandatory community service. If you or someone you love is currently facing a criminal charge for a crime of violence, it is important that you contact a Woodbury violent crimes attorney about your legal matter right away.
The Woodbury violent crimes lawyers at JS Defense, PA., can explore all of your legal options with you and ensure that all of your rights remain protected while your criminal case is pending.
Please give us a call today to learn more about how we could assist you with defending against your criminal charge.
Defining “Violent Crimes”
“Violent crimes” include those crimes which involve some type of bodily injury, physical harm, or threat of harm to another person. Some common examples of violent crimes in the State of Minnesota include the following:
- Homicide (including the various degrees of murder, as well as first and second-degree manslaughter)
- Assault and battery
- Aggravated robbery
- Domestic violence and spousal abuse charges
- Sexual assault and rape charges
- Terroristic threats
- Gun crimes
- Child neglect or abuse
- Disorderly conduct
The burden of proving that you are guilty of committing a violent crime is on the state prosecutor who is assigned to your case. The prosecutor must be able to demonstrate, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you are guilty of committing the underlying offense.
Once a criminal defendant is found guilty and convicted by a jury, it is up to a sentencing judge to determine the penalties to impose.
Potential Penalties upon Conviction
Once a criminal defendant is found guilty and convicted of a violent crime, a sentencing judge will determine the penalty or penalties to impose. The potential penalties upon conviction depend upon the specific offense with which the defendant has been convicted (in accordance with state statutory maximums and minimums), along with the defendant’s prior criminal history.
Depending upon the crime of violence for which the defendant has been duly convicted, potential penalties may include monetary fines, jail time, community service, and/or probation.
In some instances, a judge might be willing to suspend all or part of the defendant’s sentence in the event he or she successfully completes a period of probation. If the defendant violates his or her probation even once, the judge could impose the original sentence.
Speak to a Woodbury Violent Crimes Lawyer about Your Legal Matter Today
The knowledgeable legal team at JS Defense, PA., can assist you with defending against a criminal charge for a crime of violence. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Woodbury violent crimes attorney, please call us today at (651) 968-9652 or contact us online for more information.