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.