Violent crimes carry some of the most serious criminal charges in Virginia, and the punishment for a conviction is extremely harsh. Because of the impact on victims and the public, law enforcement is persistent in pursuing and apprehending offenders. According to the Virginia Department of Police Crime Reports, officers arrest almost 16,000 people for various types of violent crimes every year. In most cases, you will face felony charges punishable by prison time, fines, and other penalties.
Still, an arrest is just the beginning of a criminal case. There are multiple stages along the way, giving you the opportunity to present defenses. Hampton Injury Law PLC can be at your side throughout the process, so please contact the firm to hear how we can help. You can set up a case evaluation with a Virginia violent crimes lawyer, but some background about the laws is also informative.
Any act that threatens, attempts, or actually causes bodily harm to another person constitutes a violent crime. As an overview, it is helpful to understand the main classifications for these offenses:
Virginia classifies felonies according to severity, and most violent crimes are felonies. If convicted for a lower level Class 6 or 5 felony, a judge could sentence a maximum of five to 10 years in prison. However, the charges increase considerably:
An encounter with the police can be overwhelming and chaotic, but you can get through with a few tips:
You can benefit from a few tips on what to do, but it is important to rely on Hampton Injury Law PLC for assistance with the legal process. For personalized details about your rights, please contact us to schedule a case evaluation with a skilled violent crimes defense lawyer.
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