Violent Crime Defense Attorney in Modesto, CA
California penal code categorizes 23 offenses as violent crimes. While the circumstances, outcomes, and methods of violence differ greatly, all felony violent crime convictions share one aspect: they will count as a strike under the Three Strikes Law. Even having a misdemeanor violent crime on your record can prevent you from obtaining employment, housing, custody of your children, and citizenship status.
The seriousness of a violent crime charge is exactly why you need a skilled and trustworthy attorney to advocate for you and represent your best interests. Derek L. Casey will look at every possible angle of your case and stage a strong defense against the harsh sentencing these convictions often carry.
When to Hire an Attorney for Violent Crimes in California
We expect certain offenses to be charged as violent crimes: murder, manslaughter, and rape, for example. However, actual physical contact is not always required for a violent crime conviction. For example, a person could be charged with assault if they performed any act that put a reasonable person in fear for their safety, whether or not that person was injured.
Because there are so many violent crime charges, each carrying its own serious and lasting consequences, you need an attorney who is prepared to provide you with an excellent defense.
Derek L. Casey has successfully defended clients against charges including, but not limited to:
- Criminal threats
California Violent Crime FAQs
Self-defense is a highly complex issue that requires a thorough understanding of the law and the unique circumstances of the case. In general, the following must be proven for a violent crime to be categorized as self-defense:
- A person threatened to use or did use unlawful physical force against you
- You were genuinely in fear for your life with a reasonable basis
- You did not harm or provoke the other person before the act of self-defense
- You had no reasonable chance of retreating or escaping the situation
Self-defense is not the only possible defense against a violent crime charge, however. Derek L. Casey will examine all of your options, thoroughly investigate your situation, and stage the strongest defense that he can.