In California, violent crimes include assault, battery, robbery, rape, sexual assault, and other sex crimes. If you are under investigation or have been arrested and charged for a violent crime, it is crucial that you hire an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights. You can get the legal representation you need by retaining me at the McCready Law Group. I proudly represent clients in Long Beach, Cypress Hill, and Lakewood, California.

What Are Violent Crimes?

"Violent crime" is a term used to describe a crime whereby an individual uses or threatens to use force upon another person. In a violent crime, the victim is threatened with violence or is otherwise injured or harmed. Depending on the jurisdiction, violent crimes usually include assault, battery, robbery, murder, homicide, sexual assault, manslaughter, negligence, rape, extortion, endangerment, harassment, and more.

Types of Violent Crimes

In 2017, 59% of reported violent crimes in California were aggravated assaults, 32% were robberies, 8% were rape cases, and 1% were homicides. The violent crime rate in California ranked 16th nationwide in 2017 and was higher than the national rate of 394 per 100,000 residents.

Some of the most common types of violent crimes include:

  • Assault - Assault can be described as an attempt to cause bodily harm or inflict physical injury on another person. For instance, attempting to hit another person with an object or your hand, even if you miss, can be considered assault. Assault also refers to any deliberate act or threat that reasonably makes another individual feel afraid of potential bodily harm.

  • Battery - Battery can be described as offensive or insulting physical contact. The simplest example is someone punching another person or striking them with an object. Other examples of battery include pushing someone or striking a person using your fist during an argument or verbal confrontation.

  • Sex Crimes - Sexual misconduct involves exhibiting a series of behaviors to another person in a sexual manner without the person's consent. Sex crimes can range from sexual assault and harassment to lewd conduct, spousal rape, statutory rape, prostitution, and more.

  • Robbery - Robbery can be described as the action of taking another person's property unlawfully using force or threat of force. The crime of robbery usually requires the presence of the victim who is injured or threatened with bodily harm.

  • Homicide - Homicide can be described as an offense whereby a defendant wrongfully causes the death of another person.

  • Murder - Murder can be described as the killing of a human being by a sane person, with intent, malice aforethought, and without any legal excuse or authority.

  • Rape - Rape can be described as engaging in sexual intercourse with another person without consent, typically by means of threats, violence, fraud, duress, or when the victim is asleep, unconscious, or otherwise unable to provide consent.

No matter which type of violent crime you've been accused of, it's crucial that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Let me put my years of experience to use in building you a strong defense.



Defenses Used Against Accusations of Violent Crimes

If you are being accused of committing a violent crime, below are some of the most common legal defenses applicable under California laws:

  • Accidents

  • False Accusations or Wrongful Arrest

  • Coerced Confessions

  • Duress

  • Entrapment

  • Insanity

  • Mistaken Identity

  • Mistake of Fact

  • Self-Defense or Defense of Others

  • Unconsciousness

Dealing with the conviction of a violent crime can have lasting after-effects on your personal and professional future. If you're facing any of the above violent crime charges, you don't have to face the criminal justice system alone. Put yourself in a stronger position by retaining a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in Long Beach, California.

Why You Should Hire an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

Violent crime allegations can cause irreparable damage to your personal life, reputation, career, education, and civil liberty. Sentencing may vary depending on the state statutes, facts of your case, and several other factors. If you are being investigated or have been arrested for a violent crime, the law may not be on your side. Having a criminal defense attorney in your corner will allow your voice to be heard, and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.

Call my firm, the McCready Law Group, today to schedule a consultation and increase your chances of achieving the best possible outcome. I will review every aspect of your case and determine the best defense strategy. Even if you are innocent, you could be facing significant criminal punishment if you’re not able to have your side of the story heard. I will fight vigorously to protect your rights and will do everything in my power to ensure that these charges don't ruin your life.


Being arrested and charged for a violent crime can be an overwhelming experience. Regardless, you shouldn't consider taking on your defense alone. At the McCready Law Group, I have dedicated my career to representing clients in a variety of different violent crimes. I am proud to represent individuals in the Long Beach, Cypress Hill, and Lakewood, California area. Whether you are facing charges of assault, battery, robbery, or sexual assault, call my firm immediately to learn how I can help with your case.

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