Violent crimes range anywhere from a simple bar fight to murder. While most people know that crimes liked armed robbery or shooting someone will carry lengthy prison sentences and difficulty finding employment, they may not realize that even minor offenses classified as “violent” can carry severe long-term consequences. This is because employers, universities, and apartment complexes may be held liable for violent acts committed by a person that they reasonably should have known had a history of violence.
The problem is that many violent crime charges can arise out of misunderstandings or situations that were subject to interpretation. These can include charges of domestic violence or a drunken fight after a football game. Often, the reaction of the prosecution and the court system is to throw the book at the alleged offender before all sides of the story are heard.
If you are charged with a violent crime, it’s important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney before momentum starts to build against you. In a “he said, she said” type of situation you have a limited amount of time to find favorable evidence. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to find neutral witnesses, and the greater chance there is that any video recordings of the incident from nearby cameras will be erased. Because of the views employers and universities take towards violent crimes, there’s also a good chance that your life will be stuck on hold until you’re able to resolve the situation.
If you’ve been charged with a violent crime, contact Johnen Law Offices today to begin your defense.