Los Angeles Violent Crime Attorneys
Conviction of a violent crime will alter the course of your life – and when you have so much to lose, you need the legal team at Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP. With recent changes in California's laws that make the criminal justice system more lenient on people convicted of a "nonviolent felony offense," avoiding a violent crime conviction is more important now than ever before.
Do not answer any questions from police officers or other investigators without your lawyer. We will fight to make sure that your rights and freedoms are protected. Call us at (213) 688-0460 or contact our Los Angeles violent crimes attorneys online to schedule a no-cost initial consultation.
In general, a violent crime is defined as a crime in which one person inflicts, or threatens to inflict, bodily harm upon someone else. That is a broad definition, but covers the idea behind why some crimes are classified as "violent" while others are not. A computer hacker accessing a company's database to steal private customer information commits a serious offense, but since there is no bodily harm involved in the process, it is not considered a violent crime.
In California at the moment, there are 23 specific crimes defined by law as "violent crimes." Certain laws enhance punishments for felonies that are considered violent. Violent crimes in California include, but are not limited to:
- Assault and battery
- Aggravated assault (assault with a deadly weapon)
- Weapons and firearm charges
- Sex crimes, including date rape
- Narcotics offenses
- Attempted murder
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Domestic violence
The consequences of committing a violent crime are severe, including substantial jail or prison time, large fines, restrictions on driver's and professional licenses, and of course, damage to your reputation in your community. With so much to lose, you need skilled violent crimes lawyers on your side to build a thorough and carefully prepared legal strategy for your defense.
Recent laws in California have created greater leniency, including the possibility of early release from prison, for people convicted of "nonviolent felonies." Unfortunately, at this time there is no clear definition of what constitutes a nonviolent felony under California law - though some people argue it should be any felony that is not on the list of 23 defined violent crimes.
You absolutely need a lawyer to represent you if you have been charged with, or you are being investigated for, a violent crime.
Our experienced L.A. criminal defense attorneys will thoroughly investigate the circumstances leading to your arrest, including the arrest itself, as we seek a plea to a lesser charge or dismissal of the charges altogether. We know what it takes to win.
To learn more about what we can do for you, contact our violent crimes attorneys to schedule a confidential consultation. Call Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP at (213) 688-0460 to discuss your case and talk about your options. Though our law office is located in Southern California, we represent clients nationwide in all federal, state, and district courts.
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Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
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Client, a college student in a faulty Title IX case, was awarded $130,000 in attorney fees.
- Probation with No Jail Time for Drug Money Laundering Charge
Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.