When it comes to violent crimes, there is an exceptional amount of complexity involved in the defense of the accused. Each detail of a case counts when determining charges, sentencing, or otherwise. Under the law in the state of California, to include San Diego County, violent crimes—whether against living beings or property—come with the most severe penalties.
If you have been arrested for or charged with a violent crime, it is in your best interest to contact a highly skilled and aggressive San Diego criminal defense lawyer. To discuss the details of your case with a trusted, peer-respected criminal defense attorney, who for years prosecuted violent crimes, and now uses that experience to help fight for the rights of those accused with a violent crime, contact the Law Offices of Anna R. Yum today for your free, confidential consultation.
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Violent Crimes Against a Person, Against Property in San Diego
Violent crimes are typically grouped under two separate categories: those against a person, and those against property. Violent crimes include but are not limited to:
- Assault and/or battery
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Domestic Violence
- Great bodily injury/battery
- Various sexual offenses
- Residential Burglary
- Three-strikes crimes
Nearly all violent crimes in California’s state criminal justice system are counted under California’s three-strike law, which means that a conviction for one of these crimes will be used towards the “three strikes and you’re out” enhancement. Under California law, a sentencing enhancement means that with each violent crime you are charged with, the consequences become more serious. Should you commit and be charged with any of these three-strike offenses, you will need a reputable San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney, to help fight for your freedom, or you may be sentenced to significant, irreparable jail and/or prison time.
Assault and Battery Criminal Defense in San Diego
Assault and battery are considered violent crimes against a person. While these charges are often assigned hand-in-hand, assault and battery are two separate charges and each comes with its own set of parameters and subsequent consequences.
Assault is defined as an attempt to touch or hit another without his or her consent. Even threatening someone with violence is considered a form of assault. It does not matter whether or not the victim of the alleged assault has suffered an injury or not, an attempt, threat or any harassing or unwanted touch may be considered assault.
Battery is the actual rude or offensive touching, hitting, or contact of any kind—no matter the severity or whether an injury actually occurred. These offenses are typically charged as felonies, though experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys in San Diego often secure a reduced charge to a misdemeanor, or in other cases, an acquittal altogether.
How a Criminal Defense Attorney Defends Violent Crime Charges
San Diego Criminal Defense attorney Anna R. Yum works on her clients’ behalf at every step of the legal process from start to finish, including:
- Investigating the case:
A good criminal defense attorney wants to know all the various details of course, especially more than the prosecutor knows.
- Challenging the arrest or charges:
Sometimes violent criminal cases come with trumped up charges. It is essential that your attorney recognize the varying degrees of seriousness of a criminal charge, so that the appropriate charge is leveled, rather than exaggerated claims made by a prosecutor.
- Negotiating with the District Attorney:
An experienced violent crimes/strike offenses San Diego defense attorney will work well opposite the prosecution to best serve your interests in the long run, either by negotiating to have charges dismissed or reduced.
- Appearing with you at your various hearings:
Having your criminal defense attorney by your side is your best defense against the potential consequences of serious and violent felonies or strike offense charges.
- Preparing you for a trial, if one is appropriate:
With an experienced criminal defense attorney like Anna R. Yum at your side, you have a trustworthy, confidante and ally in your corner who will guide you through the complexities of the legal process, make sure you are aware of all your options, and ensure that you appear in court with a comprehensive knowledge of the proceedings, potential outcomes, and how best to appear before a judge and/or a jury.
- Representing you at trial:
A prepared, well-versed, San Diego Defense Attorney who is versed in advocating on behalf of clients charged with serious and violent crimes and strike offenses is there to speak on your behalf in a court setting. Criminal trials are strenuous ordeals. Having a level-headed, yet aggressive San Diego Criminal Defense attorney on your side ensures that your voice is heard, your interests are represented, and your chances of a positive resolution are enhanced.
- Arguing for a favorable sentence if you are convicted
Because the outcome of violent criminal cases, to include strike offenses depends on a variety of factors, it is possible that you might be convicted of some of the crimes you are charged with. Should this happen, award-winning, experienced, peer recognized and respected San Diego Criminal Defense attorney Anna Yum who is well versed in criminal law from both the prosecution side, and the defense side, knows how to best argue for a lesser or more lenient sentence on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a violent crime like domestic abuse, kidnapping, manslaughter, assault and battery, a sexual offense, larceny, burglary, or otherwise, contact the Law Offices of Anna R. Yum today and learn more about your legal options during a free and confidential legal consultation.