Oakland County Violent Crimes Defense
Crimes that involve violence carry some of the most serious punishments in the state of Michigan and nationwide. Depending on the circumstances of the crime and severity of the injuries inflicted, the perpetrator could be facing jail time, years of probation, heavy fines, and even life in prison. If you’ve been charged with a violent crime in Michigan, it’s important you call me right away. I’m Attorney J. Dallo and I have both the experience and legal expertise to build a defense strategy geared towards protecting your rights and getting the charges reduced.
Violent crimes take many forms. What may seem like a minor incident may actually result in serious charges. The National Institute of Justice defines a violent crime as an act in which the victim is harmed by or threatened with violence. Due to the social stigma surrounding these crimes, prosecutors and judges tend to come down hard on the accused. This is where I can be a huge advantage. I’ve built a reputation throughout Oakland County as a skilled attorney who represents hard-working citizens of the community. My clients aren’t career criminals. They’re upstanding citizens who judges won’t see in court again.
Types of Violent Crimes
Many people charged with a violent crime didn’t set out to cause harm to another person. However, circumstances escalated in such a manner that resulted in physical injuries. In other cases, individuals are driven by emotion and intentionally cause harm. It’s important to understand what types of crimes are classified as violent. Some of the most common include:
Assault and Battery
Individuals are often charged with assault and battery together, but these are actually two different crimes. An assault occurs when a person threatens someone else with violence or attempts to harm them. Battery involves touching and harming another person using force or violence. If you’re charged with this crime, you could be looking at misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the circumstances.
Also referred to as “domestic abuse,” this crime involves an assault and battery directed towards a family member or spouse. This could include either a marital partner, former spouse, or someone you’ve had children with. It could also involve someone you currently live with or lived with in the past. Many times, the accuser in a domestic violence case will decide to drop the charges. However, some prosecutors choose to move forward with the case anyway. If you’ve been found guilty of domestic violence, there’s a chance you qualify for a deferral, which means the charges stay off your record.
There are a number of different sex crimes and all of them carry severe penalties. Even the accusation of a sex crime can ruin your career, break apart your family, and destroy your reputation. In addition, many sex crimes require the guilty party to register as a sex offender for life. If you’re facing charges, my intimate understanding of this type of crime could be a huge asset to your case. These are complicated cases which often involve false accusations. I’ll take measures to protect your rights at all costs.
If you’ve been charged with homicide, this means you’re accused of killing another person. It goes without saying this is one of the most serious violent crime charges. There are several levels of homicide, all carrying different penalties. First-degree murder means the crime was premeditated. Guilty parties face a mandatory life sentence. If you’re charged with second-degree murder, this means the crime wasn’t premeditated but was intentional. Lesser homicide charges include negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and voluntary manslaughter. All require a tough legal defense.
In the state of Michigan, committing a crime like assault and battery or robbery with five or more people is considered gang activity. This gang violence will increase the punishment if you’re found guilty. If you’re arrested for gang activity, you’ll likely be charged with the crime you committed (assault, robbery, etc.) along with the gang involvement charge. If you’re found guilty, you may have to serve the sentences consecutively.
Deliberately setting fire to a building or house will result in an arson charge. There are four levels of arson. The severity of the charge depends on whether the crime was intentional, the amount of damage the fire caused, and if anyone was injured or killed. Arson cases are complex due to the fact that the evidence is usually destroyed. I understand the investigative process involved with arson cases and can work to prove the fire was an accident.
Contact Sterling Heights Violent Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney
If you’ve been accused of a violent crime, I’ll create a personalized defense strategy best suited for the circumstances of your case. This could involve proving your innocence or negotiating for a lighter sentence. You can rest assured I won’t pass your case off to an associate. Instead, I’ll see your case through to the very end, working as hard as I can each step of the way. Contact me at (248) 283-7000 to set up a consultation.