Have you been arrested for a violent crime? A violent crime is an offense involving intimidation, fear, threats, the use of a deadly weapon and bodily harm. In a violent crime case, the prosecution can be counted on to push hard for a conviction and maximum sentencing. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there are over one million violent crimes committed in the U.S. every year. The leading type of violent crimes as reported to the police was cases of aggravated assault. Following this was robbery, followed by rape and murder.
Penalties for Violent Crimes
Violent crimes include offenses such as rape, assault, battery, armed robbery, manslaughter and murder. They are frequently charged as a felony, with penalties that include:
- Victim restitution
- Court-ordered counseling
- Sex offender registration (for crimes involving sexual misconduct)
Murder & Manslaughter: Understanding the Consequences
Two of the most serious types of violent crimes are murder and manslaughter. According to Section 609.1 of the Minnesota Statues, anyone accused of first degree murder will be sentenced to life in prison. First degree murder is defined as the intentional and planned killing of a human being. A conviction of second degree murder could result in 40 years behind bars. What makes second degree murder different from first degree is the fact that it was committed without premeditation. The last specific charge of murder is third degree murder. When an individual does not mean to cause another’s death, but their reckless acts caused the death of the victim, they could be sent to prison for up to 25 years.
Manslaughter also can be categorized into first and second degree offenses. First degree manslaughter occurs when the defendant is provoked in a heat of passion and then takes the individual’s life. Those who are found guilty of first degree manslaughter could be sent to prison for up to 15 years as well as made to pay a fine of up to $30,000. When a person acts negligently and an individual dies because of their actions, they could be facing up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000. If you were accused of any violent crime, your first step should be to get in touch with our team of professionals for aggressive defense.