Prosecutors in Atlanta, GA, aggressively pursue individuals who have been charged with committing a violent crime. The state of Georgia takes violent crimes very seriously and lawmakers have enacted severe penalties for anyone convicted of a violent crime. Penalties include jail or prison time, probation, fines, restitution paid to the victim, and mandatory anger management or counseling classes. If convicted of a felony, the person may also find it difficult to find employment, lose the right to own a firearm, and even have trouble when searching for a place to live.
The criminal defense attorneys of Pak and McRae Law, LLC have extensive knowledge and experience in the area of violent crimes. We help individuals who are charged with committing a crime defend themselves against these charges so that they can avoid these serious consequences and penalties. Contact our office at 678-632-5298 to schedule a consultation with an Atlanta, GA, violent crimes attorney.
What are Violent Crimes in Georgia?
A violent crime is an offense that is committed using violence or the threat of violence. The violence is typically used to accomplish a specific intent. If you are convicted of a violent crime, this will result in a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. Even a misdemeanor conviction can disrupt your life substantially. For this reason, it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced criminal attorney if you are being investigated as a possible suspect, or if you have been arrested on a criminal charge.
We handle a variety of cases including, but not limited to:
- Domestic violence
- Assault and Battery
- Hate crimes
- Vehicular manslaughter
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Gang crimes
- Criminal possession of a firearm
- Armed robbery
A legal statute covers each violent crime; these statutes list the elements the state must prove in order for the person charged with the crime to be found guilty. In some cases, the police get it wrong and an innocent person is charged with a crime. In other cases, the allegations of wrongdoing may be exaggerated, or even false. Regardless of whether you committed the crime, you deserve to have experienced legal representation to protect your rights.
What Can a Violent Crimes Attorney Do for You?
You have the right to counsel under the provisions of the United States Constitution. If you cannot afford an attorney, the state must appoint an attorney for you from the Public Defender’s Office. While public defenders are good attorneys, they cannot devote the same level of care and time to your case that we can. Because each criminal case is unique, our Atlanta, GA criminal defense attorneys do not use the same approach in every case; however, some standard procedures will be followed in each case to ensure that you receive the best possible defense.
When representing clients who have been arrested for a violent crime, our attorneys will:
- Investigate the case to determine the actual facts.
- Analyze the state’s evidence to identify weaknesses.
- Review the applicable law to ensure that the state has met all of the elements for proving guilt on the part of our client.
- Ensure that the state has not violated the client’s civil rights such as by failing to issue a Miranda Warning or performing an illegal search and seizure.
- Question witnesses and searching for additional witnesses to contradict the state’s account of events.
- Retain expert witnesses if needed.
- When it is advisable, negotiate a plea bargain for a lesser charge or lesser punishment.
- Develop a strong defense strategy and preparing for a trial.
- Be proactive in our efforts to find evidence that will exonerate our client.
It is important to remember that you have the right to remain silent if you are being investigated, or if you have been arrested for a violent crime. You do not have to answer any questions until you have consulted with your attorney.
Asking if you need an attorney is not the same as invoking your right to remain silent and your right to counsel. You must state specifically, “I want to invoke my right to remain silent and I want to speak with an attorney.” You should not discuss your case, give a recorded statement, or sign a statement without first consulting with one of our experienced Atlanta criminal defense attorneys.
Penalties for Violent Crimes
The penalties for violent crimes depend on the type of crime committed and the circumstances surrounding that crime. The court may also look at a person’s criminal history to determine the level of punishment for a crime. The court may also consider if the person used a weapon (i.e. gun, knife, etc.) when committing the crime. Because there are several elements used to by the court when sentencing a convicted criminal, a strong defense is your best chance of avoiding the harshest penalties.
A good criminal defense lawyer can raise mitigating factors or circumstances to convince a judge that the defendant should not receive the maximum sentence for a crime. In some cases, the attorney may be able to have the charge reduced to a lesser charge that carries a far less sentence than the original criminal charge. It is important to hire an attorney with experience defending charges of violent crimes as soon as possible after you have been arrested. The longer the attorney has to prepare a defense, the better chance you will have of avoiding the harshest penalties.
Contact an Atlanta, GA Violent Crime Attorney
Have you been accused of committing a violent crime in the great Atlanta area? If so, call Pak and McRae Law, LLC at 678-632-5298 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. Our attorneys provide a comprehensive, non-judgmental approach for defending our clients. We treat each client as an individual rather than a case file by putting the needs and best interests of our clients at the top of our priority list. You can trust and rely on our attorneys to represent you aggressively both inside and outside of the courtroom.