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Violent Crimes in Northern Virginia

Violent crimes under the Virginia code have severe consequences. Due to the seriousness of these crimes, they are often some of the more difficult cases to defend against in a court of law. They necessitate a wealth of expertise and strategy to fight. If you have been charged with a violent crime, it is crucial that you employ the services of an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney to build a compelling defense for the best outcome possible. The attorneys at Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., have a great deal of experience in defending clients against violent crimes charges and will work tirelessly to defend your rights and protect your future.

What are Violent Crimes?

To be charged with a violent crime, you must be accused of inflicting bodily harm on another person. Crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, malicious wounding, aggravated malicious wounding, unlawful wounding, assault with a deadly weapon, assault and battery are all considered violent crimes. Other categories of violent crimes include:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Felony Homicide
  • Crimes by Mobs
  • Shooting, stabbing with the intent to maim or kill
  • Crimes by Gangs
  • Terrorism Offenses
  • Kidnapping/Related Offenses
  • Assault and Bodily Wounding
  • Domestic Assault and battery
  • Abduction with intent to defile
  • Aggravated Malicious Wounding
  • Malicious Wounding
  • Robbery
  • Extortion/Other Threats
  • Criminal Sexual Assault
  • Producing abortion or miscarriage
  • Carjacking
  • Strangulation
  • Rape

Penalties of Violent Crimes

Considering the many different types of violent crimes, there are wide ranges of penalties. Penalties depending on the specific crime, can vary from a short amount of jail time, to life in prison and/or the death penalty. Fines can range from between hundreds of dollars to thousands. Besides tough statutory penalties associated with a violent crime conviction, a conviction will impact your freedom and your future. If convicted of a violent crime you will be criminally labeled as a such. This can result in you being unable or having a difficult time gaining employment, getting admitted to college, signing a lease, obtaining a loan, voting, obtaining a concealed handgun permit, immigration ramifications, even holding political office, etc. Being convicted of a violent crime can also tear apart families, making it difficult to obtain child custody, visitation or adopting a child. It is extremely important to find a criminal defense attorney who is well versed and experienced in representing clients who have been charged with violent crimes.

How to Defend Against Violent Crimes

First, your criminal defense attorney will look at the circumstances surrounding your arrest. We will look at all details to ensure your constitutional rights were not violated. This means methodically investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding your case to include but not limited to:

  • Circumstances which lead to the issuance of a search warrant
  • Affidavit of arrest warrant
  • Police investigation
  • Arrest procedure
  • Search
  • Basis of stop
  • Method of seizure of evidence
  • Police body-cam recordings
  • Police coercion
  • Supersession motions
  • Reviewing evidence
  • Independent lab analysis
  • Interrogation methods
  • Miranda violations
  • Witness motives and bias
  • Discovery motions
  • Exculpatory evidence
  • Expert witnesses
  • Effective cross examination of witnesses

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