Violent crimes cover a diverse range of criminal offenses in Los Angeles. Criminal offenses such as assault, battery, arson, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem, murder, criminal threats, and robbery are all considered violent crimes and each can result in severe punishments for those convicted.
Violent crimes defense is a complex area of criminal defense practice, especially in cases involving serious injuries to a victim. Not only do violent crimes carry harsh ranges of criminal sentencing, a violent conviction on your record can result in collateral consequences that can negatively impact your life well after the conclusion of your case. If you have been arrested for a violent offense, contact our Los Angeles criminal defense firm today at (866) 430-8383 for a free consultation.
Since 1987, LA criminal attorneys, Paul Takakjian and Steve Sitkoff have successfully defended both misdemeanor and felony violent crimes throughout Los Angeles County. We are former senior prosecutors who are now criminal defense attorneys, so we know the California Penal Code inside and out and can help you achieve the best outcome in your violent crime case.
Whether you were wrongfully arrested or you simply exercised poor judgment, our Los Angeles violent crimes lawyers have the experience to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case to either negotiate plea bargains to lesser offenses and punishments, or secure a not guilty verdict in trial.
Violent Crimes We Defend
Violent crimes are criminal acts involving either the verbal or physical threat to the safety of another. Physical injury or even contact is not a necessary element for certain violent crimes, such as criminal threats and assault with a deadly weapon, however, both offenses can be prosecuted as felonies. Our extensive violent crime defense experience includes:
- Robbery (California Penal Code 211 PC)
- Assault (Penal Code 240 PC): An unlawful attempt to violently injure another person
- Battery (Penal Code 242 PC): An unlawful attempt to commit a violent injury on another person, coupled with the present ability to do so.
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon (California Penal Code 245 PC): Defined as assault with deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury)
- Mayhem (California Penal Code 203 PC): Mayhem is a crime in which one unlawfully, maliciously deprives another person of “a member of his body, or disables, disfigures, or renders it useless, or cuts or disables the tongue, or puts out an eye, or slits the nose, ear, or lip.”
- Criminal Threats (California Penal Code 422(a)): “Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety.” Since a charge of making a criminal threat has so many conditions that must be met, it’s important to work with a criminal defense lawyer who can help you prove that not all of the conditions are met.
- Murder (California Penal Code 187): Murder is defined under California law as "the unlawful killing of a human being or fetus with malice aforethought.”
- Kidnapping (California Penal Code Section 207): Kidnapping is the act of using force or reasonable fear to take, hold or detain another person against his or her will.
- Stalking (California Penal Code Section 646.9): Includes such harassing behaviors as following, pestering or sending unwanted messages to another person.
- Domestic violence: This area of criminal law is covered by California law in difference sections such as Penal Code 243(e)(1) (“domestic battery”) and Penal Code 273.5 (“inflicting corporal injury on an intimate partner”).
Every case is different. However, our lawyers’ decades of criminal law practice as former senior prosecutors and now private defense lawyers provides us with an unmatched depth of experience and insight into every possible situation involving Los Angeles violent crime charges.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
If you are under investigation for a violent crime, or have been recently arrested and charged with a violent crime, call us immediately at (866) 430-8383. Our experienced attorneys are able to give competent advice for any individual charged with a violent crime, and we work with each client to develop a defense strategy that is most likely to be effective.
Your initial consultation is free and can be arranged either by phone or in-person at our main office in Los Angeles, or our satellite meeting locations in Torrance, Long Beach, Pasadena, Encino, or Burbank.