Generally, a violent crime occurs when a defendant uses force (or threatens force) against a victim. This force does not need to be deadly and may not even involve the use of a weapon. In Georgia, violent crime charges may range anywhere from assault or battery in a bar fight to murder. Because of the “extreme” nature of violent crimes, they are prosecuted aggressively. If you or a loved one has been charged with a violent crime, it is imperative that you seek representation from a criminal defense attorney immediately. Knowledgeable Athens violent crime lawyer Jason Slider at the law firm of Baker & Slider represents Georgia residents against all types of charges, including:
- Domestic violence;
- Armed robbery;
- Felony weapons charges;
- Gang crimes;
- Terroristic Threats
- Attempted murder; and
The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that defendants in criminal cases may not be compelled to incriminate themselves. This means that you do not need to speak to anyone about your charges, especially law enforcement. If you do choose to talk to the police, the Sixth Amendment guarantees you the right to counsel during the interrogation and at subsequent stages of the prosecution.Fighting Violent Crime Charges under Georgia Law
In a criminal case, the State has the burden of proving that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This requires the prosecution to offer convincing proof as to each and every element of the crime of which the defendant is charged. For instance, in a simple assault case, the State must prove that the defendant either attempted to commit a violent injury to someone else’s person or that the defendant committed an act that placed another person in reasonable apprehension of an immediate, violent injury. Simple assault is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine and up to a year in jail.
If a defendant is charged with armed robbery, in another example, the State must prove that they took the property of someone else with the intent to commit theft, while using an offensive weapon (or something having the appearance of a weapon). An armed robbery conviction may result in 10 years or even a lifetime in prison, depending upon the facts of the crime, including any aggravating or mitigating factors and the defendant’s prior record.
In almost any situation, certain defenses are available to someone who has been charged with a crime. Some of these defenses stem from constitutional violations, such as an illegal search or improper interrogation. Other defenses are specific to a particular crime, such as self-defense in a violent offense case. A knowledgeable attorney can help a defendant investigate the facts giving rise to the charge, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution’s case, and formulate a strategy for having the charges reduced or dropped, if possible, or securing a favorable plea deal.Contact a Violent Crime Lawyer in Athens or Surrounding Communities
Someone who has been charged with a violent crime faces a very uncertain future. Years or even life in prison, large fines, limited future employment prospects due to status as a convicted felon, and many other negative consequences may accompany a conviction. If you are facing prosecution for a violent crime, it is extremely important that you discuss your case with a qualified criminal attorney. Former prosecutor Jason Slider at the law firm of Baker & Slider has handled violent crime cases from the State’s perspective and as an Athens violent crime attorney. His aggressive approach to trial preparation and negotiation tactics has earned him many client satisfaction accolades from organizations such as the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and Martindale Hubbell. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (706) 208-1514 or contact us online. We handle criminal defense cases and also represent people who need a DUI attorney in Athens, Jefferson, Watkinsville, Danielsville, and other communities in Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, and surrounding Counties.