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Defending Clients Facing Violent Crime Charges in California

Facing charges for violent crimes can be an overwhelming and distressing experience. When confronted with legal challenges related to assault, battery, kidnapping, robbery, or even murder, having a knowledgeable and experienced attorney by your side is crucial. At the Law Offices of William V. Pernik, we understand the gravity of these situations and are committed to providing aggressive and effective legal representation for individuals in Salinas dealing with violent crime charges.

Call the Law Offices of William V. Pernik today at (831) 273-3152 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our violent crimes attorney in Salinas!

Common Types of Violent Crime Charges

Understanding your charges is the first step toward building a robust defense for violent crimes. Our skilled legal team at the Law Offices of William V. Pernik has extensive experience in handling a variety of violent crime cases, including:

What are the Penalties for Violent Crimes in California?

California imposes stringent penalties for violent crimes, and the severity of consequences varies based on factors such as the nature of the offense, the presence of weapons, and the extent of harm caused. Individuals convicted of violent crimes may face:

  • Lengthy Prison Sentences: Convictions for violent crimes often result in extended periods of incarceration, with sentences ranging from several years to life imprisonment.
  • Heavy Fines: Besides imprisonment, the court may impose fines as part of the penalty for violent crimes.
  • Probation: Some cases may result in probation, requiring individuals to adhere to strict conditions and supervision as an alternative to incarceration.
  • Restitution to Victims: Courts may order convicted individuals to pay restitution to victims, covering medical expenses, property damage, or other losses suffered.

In addition to the time in prison or jail and/or fines, a conviction for a violent crime can result in the loss of your right to own or possess firearms, the loss of your right to vote, and the loss of your right to own or adopt a pet. A conviction for a violent crime can also result in the loss of your professional license and the loss of your eligibility for professional licenses in the future. Violent crimes are considered crimes of moral turpitude, which means that a conviction for a violent crime can result in the deportation of a legal immigrant.

Defenses Against Violent Crime Charges

Mounting a robust defense is crucial when facing violent crime charges. Our experienced legal team employs various defense strategies tailored to the specifics of each case, including:

  • Self-defense: Establishing that the accused acted in self-defense is a common defense strategy in violent crime cases. We meticulously examine the circumstances to assert our clients' rights to protect themselves.
  • Lack of Intent: In some cases, demonstrating a lack of intent to commit the alleged crime can be a key element in building a solid defense.
  • Mistaken Identity: Challenging the accuracy of eyewitness accounts or presenting evidence of mistaken identity can be effective defenses in violent crime cases.
  • Procedural Violations: Our legal team thoroughly reviews the procedures followed by law enforcement and the prosecution, seeking any violations of constitutional rights that could lead to case dismissal or reduced charges.

Contact Our Salinas Violent Crimes Attorney Today

If you have been charged with a violent crime, you must speak with a Salinas violent crime lawyer as soon as possible. A conviction for a violent crime can have severe consequences for your freedom, your career, and your future.

At the Law Offices of William V. Pernik, our Salinas violent crime lawyer can provide you with the aggressive representation you need. We have handled hundreds of criminal cases and have the experience to handle even the most complex cases. We are available 24/7 to take your call and provide a free case evaluation.

Contact the Law Offices of William V. Pernik today to schedule a meeting with our violent crimes lawyer in Salinas!

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