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Criminal Defense for Violent Crimes in California

Violent crimes are a serious threat to public safety in the United States; few people would argue this fact. Unfortunately, California's harsh criminal penalties don't always help - they can lead to unfair or false criminal convictions too. If you were charged with a violence crime, the California criminal defense team at Rodriguez, Lewis & Kahn can help you avoid an unnecessary criminal conviction.

What qualifies as a "violent crime?"

"Violent crime" is an umbrella term that can refer to several criminal offenses. According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Program:

…violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses which involve force or threat of force.

The FBI estimates that in the year 2011, more than 1,200,000 violent crimes occurred across the United States. Research suggests that this number shows a 3.8% decrease from the previous year. The most commonly reported violent crime is aggravated assault, followed by robbery, forcible rape, and murder.

  • Aggravated Assault
    Also known as "assault with a deadly weapon," aggravated assault is listed under California Penal Code §245(a)(1). This offense occurs when someone attacks another person with a weapon that could cause significant bodily injury. Aggravated assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony crime.
  • Robbery
    California Penal Code § 211 states that robber is a four-fold criminal offense that involves 1) taking someone else's property 2) in the presence of the victim 3) against the victim's will 4) by force or threats. This offense may be considered a violent felony and a "strike" on your criminal record.
  • Forcible Rape
    California Penal Code §261 states that "rape" is sexual intercourse that is nonconsensual and achieved by force or threats. Rape is a serious crime, but not all accusations of rape are legitimate. Mistaken identity and false accusations are only a few situations that could lead to an unfair conviction.
  • Murder
    Murder occurs when a person unlawfully kills another human with malice aforethought. California Penal Code 187(a) defines murder. There are several degrees of murder, including first degree murder, second degree murder, and capital murder. The circumstances surrounding each case will determine the specific accusation.

Contact a California Violent Crime Lawyer

If you or a loved one was charged with a violent crime, contact the legal team at Rodriguez, Lewis & Kahn. We have more than 70 years of experience and are passionate about helping people stand up for their rights in court against unfair and false accusations. Fill out an online form or call our office to learn more about your legal options with Rodriguez, Lewis & Kahn.


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