Violent Crimes Lawyer in Anoka
Have you been charged with assault, rape, or murder?
A violent crime can be more serious in nature, which is why it is often met with serious consequences for those found guilty by the court. There are many different levels that are dealt with and this factor greatly influences the severity of the final outcome.
A violent crime is usually a felony, and needs representation by a skilled attorney. At Brevik Law, we have defended countless clients from their charges and can help you as well. We have nearly 20 years of experience in criminal law and have developed numerous strategies. To discuss your options, call our office at (763) 200-6594 or fill out an online form to
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What is a violent crime in Minnesota?
Violent crimes can be an umbrella term for a number of criminal actions that involve actual violence or the threat of it. Some suspects can be charged even if they did not follow through with the act itself, but the victim was put in a position where they feared for their safety or the safety of another.
A common one is the act of assault which is covered under the Minnesota Statutes §§609.221-609.2247(2012). This can come in different degrees, from the first to the fifth degree. Assault in the fifth degree is a misdemeanor in which the victim is in fear of physical harm or death, and the harm may actually be inflicted. This can be elevated to a gross misdemeanor or even a felony when it is committed within a certain time limit of other crimes.
Assault in the first degree is when serious bodily harm is caused to the victim. This can come with far greater penalties, including up to 20 years in prison, fines of $30,000 or a combination of the two. When an officer or a correctional employee is assaulted, then a sentencing can also include the same repercussions.
When a weapon is involved with the crime then the penalties can become even harsher. It is not only assault that the penalties will be increased for the use of a weapon; in fact, all charges can be increased and lead to serious outcomes whether or not the weapon was actually used to cause harm or use of it was only threatened.
Domestic assault is a violent crime that occurs in the home. It is amongst those that share an intimate relationship, whether it is relatives, a dating couple, spouses or individuals cohabitating. It can come in various forms, which can include causing physical harm to the victim. Depending on the severity of the injuries and if this is a recurring problem, it can be charged as a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or a felony. When it is a gross misdemeanor, it can lead to 3,000 in fines and/or a year in prison. A felony can result in fines of $10,000 and/or five years in prison.
Rape will generally fall in the category of sex crime, but can also be considered a violent crime since it will typically be done with force or violence. This can be especially true when the force is significant enough that it causes a death. Robbery is also a crime that can involve the use of violence and those that the crime is against may be seriously harmed or fear the use of a weapon against them.
The most serious type of violent crime is murder, as this can be penalized the harshest of them all. When the death of another person is involved in the case, then the results can be life altering. Murder can be in the third, second or first degree. Murder in the first degree may be sentenced with life in prison. Murder in the first degree may include the following:
- Death while committing a sexual crime violently
- Causing death while committing a theft crime or other serious offense
- Death of a peace officer or guard at a correctional facility
- Pattern of domestic violence that leads to the murder
If you were charged with murder, then don't wait to contact a murder lawyer from our firm in Anoka County. The penalties are incredibly serious, so don't risk your future by trying to face the prosecution alone.
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Violent crimes can lead to some of the most detrimental outcomes. It is likely in these situations that a convicted person will feel the effects in many ways. Not only is there the possibility of being placed behind bars for years to life, there may be thousands in fines, probation, the restriction of holding a firearm and other consequences. For those that are released, the conviction can continue to be haunting, preventing employment or a social life when others are able to find out the information of a person's past.
Our firm is able to begin our own investigation in a case, recognizing the importance of getting started as soon as possible. Our main goal is to always have charges dropped all together, but in some more dire cases, the best option for defense may be to seek a reduction in a sentencing. Call our office immediately to schedule a free consultation with an
Anoka County criminal lawyer.