A violent crime is defined as an intentional, aggressive act against person or property that threatens, inflicts, or attempts to inflict physical harm. According to Michigan criminal law, a violent crime can be ruled as a felony and if convicted, the offending party could face years in state prison. In addition to imprisonment, you face loss of rights and possession of a permanent criminal record. These types of crimes are typically prosecuted to the full extent of the law because of their serious nature.
Given the severe nature of violent crimes, Michigan judges tend to err on the side of the plaintiff. At Swor Law, our Michigan criminal defense attorneys have years of experience protecting the defendant’s rights. We understand how the law works and how the opposition tends to structure their argument. We’re ready to combat anything thing they might throw your way. Call Swor Law for a free consultation.
Types of Violent Crimes
Because the definition of a violent crime is so broad, there are several criminal activities that are commonly categorized as such, including:
- Homicide – The unlawful killing of a human being, which includes first degree murder, second-degree murder, and the three forms of manslaughter – by act, by procurement, and by culpable negligence.
- Robbery – The use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear while taking money or other property in which a person may plan on permanently or temporarily keeping the material from the owner.
- Assault – The unlawful and intentional threat of inflicting violence on another with the apparent ability to do so. Additionally, aggravated assault includes the use of a deadly weapon or with the intent of committing a felony.
- Battery – The intentional and actual touching or striking of another against their will or the intentional causing of bodily harm.
- Kidnapping – This is defined as forcibly, secretly, or by threat abducting, imprisoning, or confining another against his or her will and without legal authority.
- Child Abuse – Including child neglect, any actions or failure as a guardian that result in the injury or trauma of a child.
- Conspiracy to Commit Violent Crime – The planning of a violent crime is also illegal, whether or not the act ever actually occurs.
Prosecution & Penalties for Violent Crimes
While penalties for violent crimes will vary from crime to crime, first-degree murder is the only conviction eligible for the death penalty. The next most severe sentences are lifetime sentences of prison terms lasting more than 30 years. Both of these penalties are eligible for certain violent crime convictions. In an effort to prove the penalties being pursued are, in fact, appropriate, the prosecution will use expert and witness testimony and any evidence available to prove the guilt of the defendant. In response to such serious penalties, a good Michigan violence crime attorney will rebut testimonies and provide evidence to prove the innocence of the defendant or that the penalties being pursued are unusual and excessive.
Strong Legal Defense for Your Violent Crime Charge
The repercussions of a violent crimes conviction far outlive a prison sentence and will have bearing on a person’s personal and professional life. Don’t be afraid to put the skills of an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney on your side. The legal team at Swor Law has the experience and resources required to help fight your conviction. Schedule a free consultation with our law firm today.