OC Violent Crimes Attorney
Violent Crime Statistics in Orange County, CA
Violent crimes include any criminal acts in which the offender uses or
threatens to use violent force upon the victim, and the majority of violent
crimes committed in Orange County include street robberies and involve
narcotics. Whatever the cause or reason may be, if you have been arrested
or charged with a violent crime, it is in your best interests to seek
out an Orange County criminal defense attorney who is highly knowledgeable
of the law, particularly the "Three Strikes" law which may apply
in your case.
Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, we have 20 years of experience and a proven track record of success and
we are ready to begin fighting to defend your case today.
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What is the Three Strikes law?
The Three Strikes law is used to discourage repeat offenders and to punish
those who commit multiple crimes with the possibility of a life sentence.
This law punishes individuals who have been convicted of multiple serious
or violent felonies, and California Penal Code Section 1192.7(c) lists
the felony offenses that will count as a strike under this law. Many violent
crimes are on this list, such as rape and murder, as well as other generalized
However, even within the harsh confines of this law, jail time is not automatic
and any violent crime case has the chance of being changed to a reduced
sentence or dismissed altogether. At our firm, we often represent clients
who are charged with violent
gang crimes and who may be facing their third strike under California state law. We
have respected legal ability and extensive experience in negotiation so
that you can accomplish the best results possible for your criminal charges.
There are three ways to win a 3-strikes case:
- With the help of a criminal lawyer at our firm, you can fight to beat your
criminal charges and avoid a conviction.
- You may also be able to have a felony "wobbler" reduced to a
misdemeanor, which means that you will avoid receiving another strike
on your record.
- Thirdly, you can persuade the district attorney or the judge to "strike
a strike", which means that one of your previous strikes will be removed.
Types of Violent Crime Charges
With accusations of a violent crime, our Orange County criminal defense
lawyers thoroughly examine all of the evidence brought against you, gathering
our own evidence and identifying key eyewitnesses. Regardless of what
your charges entail, we will fight aggressively to have your charges reduced
or dismissed altogether. Below, we have provided an overview of some of
the most common violent criminal charges that our firm handles.
The unlawful attempt to commit a violent injury upon another person is
defined as assault under California law. Essentially, any time you commit
an act that is likely to result in the application of force to another
person, you may be charged with this crime.
Sometimes confused with assault, this crime is defined as any willful
and unlawful touch that is offensive and/or harmful. You may be accused
of battery for the slightest tough or aggravation, and yet this accusation
can bring about serious penalties and may be charged as a felony offense
if there are certain circumstances present.
First Degree Murder
There are three ways that you can be convicted of first-degree murder
in California. The first is by committing the murder, the second is by
killing in a way that is willful, deliberate and premeditated, and the
third way is by means of the felony-murder rule.
Defined as the act of killing another person, homicide is one of the most
serious crimes there is. However, there are two kinds of non-criminal
homicide in California that are excusable according to the law.
Manslaughter is the crime of killing another person without malice aforethought.
There are two types of manslaughter: voluntary or involuntary. Involuntary
manslaughter takes place during the commission of an unlawful act or during
the commission of a lawful act that involves a high risk of death or great
bodily harm. Voluntary manslaughter applies to killings that you commit
in the heat of passion or during a sudden quarrel.
What Is Mayhem?
This is one of the least popular crimes in Orange County, but it is still
important to understand how a criminal accusation of this nature comes
about. Mayhem is the crime of maliciously disfiguring or disabling another
person's body. Unlike the similar offenses of assault and battery,
mayhem focuses on the nature of the alleged victim's injury rather
than the nature of the force that was used.
What Are Violent Felonies Under California Law?
There certain violent offenses that are categorized as violent felonies
in California Penal Code Section 667.5(c). A conviction for any of these
crimes will count as a strike under California's Three Strikes Law,
and these crimes include the following offenses: murder, voluntary manslaughter,
rape, mayhem, sodomy, oral copulation, lewd acts on a child under the
age of 14, and any robbery.
Violent Crimes Defense Strategies
Oftentimes, research into the alleged victim's past uncovers unknown
defenses, such as a history of violence or other circumstances which make
it possible to argue self-defense or defense of others, or facts which
mitigate in favor of a reduced sentence. Many times these cases are easier
to fight than initially believed. We take the time at the beginning of the
criminal process to thoroughly prepare each case for trial and to maximize our client's
chances of a favorable outcome.
Let Us Protect Your Rights
From the moment you learn of your charges, it is important to be proactive
in defending your rights. The first thing you should do is contact a criminal
defense lawyer who has experience handling these types of cases. From
there, you can rest assured knowing that your attorney is working continually
to clear your name and challenge the evidence brought against you.
At the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, our legal team knows what it
takes to win one of these high-level cases. We have an impressive history of
successful case results in handling violent crime cases, and we will start working on your case
from the minute you call our firm.