An action is considered a violent offense when it involves physical harm to another person, or even the threat or attempted harm. Violent crimes are usually attributed to a specific individual or group of individuals and often involve crimes in which weapons are possessed, threatening to be used in the commission of a crime. Murder, theft, aggravated assault, and rape are all examples of “violent” crimes.

Violent Crimes Attorney/Violent Crime Defense Attorney

Violent crimes are taken very seriously and often involve prison sentences, high bail rates, or even no bail at all. You are gambling with your life when violent crimes are committed, more than any other type of criminal charge. That’s why you need the best criminal attorneys to defend you against the power of the prosecutor.

The repercussions of getting convicted for violent crimes will follow you for the rest of your life. You’ll find it challenging to fit back into society even after you’ve served your sentence. 

Society ostracizes and condemns anyone facing time for heinous-sounding violent crimes, regardless of whether they were wrongly convicted or not. Statistics even show that over 27% of formerly incarcerated individuals are unemployed.

Types of Fraud

Wrongful convictions are more prevalent than one might think. Reports indicate that 1% to 5% of the 2.3 million convicted felons in the U.S. were wrongfully convicted of their crimes.

Several factors affect the prosecution process. However, wrongly accused individuals often find themselves facing false accusations of the following violent crimes:

  • Murder: False accusations of murder often occur when third-party witnesses testify against the accused despite their lack of knowledge or information of the case.
  • Assault: Although common assault often falls under misdemeanor, you can still face six months of imprisonment or community order if wrongfully accused.
  • Criminal (Terrorist) Threats: Wrongful accusations of criminal and terrorist threats often stem from stereotyping. Many racist individuals will go above and beyond to convict someone simply for their ethnic background.
  • Carjacking: Even if you always drive, clean, or maintain the victim’s vehicle, they can’t charge you for carjacking if you were nowhere near the scene of the crime.
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon: Getting convicted for assault with a deadly weapon could result in one to 20 years of imprisonment. It’s a serious felony, so make sure to avoid all contact with the ones pressing charges against you to minimize further reputational damage.
  • Arson: Incorrect forensics or falsified evidence can result in wrongful charges of arson, especially if most case details investigated have already been damaged in a fire.
  • Domestic Violence: Although the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA) supports victims escaping abusive partners, some people misuse it for their selfish gain. The law typically favors plaintiffs in these cases. Wrongly accused individuals don’t have much of a fighting chance without a skilled defense attorney.
  • Kidnapping: Kidnapping is criminalized in all 50 states and ranks among the gravest criminal offenses. First-degree charges could result in $10,000 to $50,000 fines and 20+ years of imprisonment, while aggravated kidnapping leads to life sentences.
  • False Imprisonment: False imprisonment involves restricting one’s freedom by unlawfully imprisoning them. Physical restraint isn’t a must. As such, the term “unlawful imprisonment” leaves room for debate, which malicious individuals could abuse for wrongful accusations.
  • Stalking: Stalking accusations are independent of abuse and battery. Plaintiffs can file charges for stalking even in the absence of physical and emotional damage. 
  • Robbery: Taking another person’s property without their consent falls under robbery. Whether you used force or not, the defendant can file charges if they feel you were taking something of value from them.
  • Serious Crimes with a Gun: With most states allowing open and concealed carry, wrongful accusations involving gun violence have become quite more prevalent. Only carry licensed firearms.
  • manslaughter: Since manslaughter doesn’t require premeditated intent to harm or kill, it typically comes with less moral blame and consequences than murder. However, you can still face up to 11 years of imprisonment.
  • Weapons Charges: You can get charged with weapons charges for illegally manufacturing, distributing, or owning firearms. Misdemeanors can lead to a year of jail time. However, felonies could lead to over one to 10 years of incarceration.


Violent Crimes Defense Lawyer

One of the keys to a successful defense is pre-trial investigation. Good research can reveal false accusation errors, identify exculpatory evidence, and allow the use of tools such as DNA testing and grafoscopy tests.

DNA information and forensic examinations play crucial roles in prosecution procedures. No other investigative tool provides more reliable results. Each individual has a unique genetic code, except for identical twins, so performing these tests gives you first-hand insights into a case’s true culprit.

There are two ways to use DNA testing in prosecutions: identifying suspects and supporting accusations. For instance, a person facing charges can use DNA testing to prove they don’t have anything to do with the crime scene. Similarly, they can use the results to weed out potential suspects.

The prosecution deals with investigators whose job is to build a case against you while providing you with the services of an overburdened public defender to save your life.

Defending against violent criminal charges requires a thorough pretrial investigation that may add reasonable doubt to the prosecution’s case. We prepare each case for a trial. We hurry to request that your rights be immediately enforced.

Los Angeles Violent Crime Lawyer

To develop a defense requires a team of Los Angeles criminal attorneys and not just one. Prosecutors generally do not pursue cases they feel they cannot prove at trial. This is why it is critical to dig even deeper than the prosecution and inject the reasonable doubt that will let you win in the courtroom.

At LibertyBell Law Group, we have brought together the best team of criminal lawyers with experience in defending against violent criminal charges.



Call us today at (855) 529-7761 for a free consultation with one of our criminal attorneys. We are ready to defend you both inside and outside the courtroom. Early intervention is the key to our mutual success.

Gina Tennen


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  • Expert legal strategist.
  • Experienced in both prosecution and defense.
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  • Received the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award
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Executive Managing Attorney Gina Tennen is a renowned leading advocate of personal liberties. Her meticulous trial preparation and exceptional ability to pursue every possible defense has earned her the admiration of clients and respect from prosecutors, judges, and other criminal attorneys all over the nation.

Lawyer Tennen began her career as a Senior Law Clerk for one of the toughest District Attorney’s offices in the country where she gained remarkable experience in juvenile crimes, elder abuse, parole hearings, child abuse, sex and other serious crimes. Her experience at the District Attorney’s Office armed her knowledge and case strategy in exploiting the other side’s weaknesses for the client’s advantage and building a rock solid defense. Criminal attorney Tennen’s experience on both sides and brilliant maneuvering throughout is evidenced in her winning track record. In fact, even before earning her law degree, she was instrumental in getting excellent results on several criminal cases outshining her peers.

A consummate strategist and top criminal attorney, lawyer Tennen works tirelessly on many high profile criminal cases. She is known as a relentless fighter who never gives up on any case. Whether the case is hers or handled by another criminal defense attorney from LibertyBell Law Group, no matter how small the case may seem she asserts that every client deserves the right to the best legal representation.

It is her deep belief and what she has built her entire career and lifelong dedication to that there is always hope for every client and every avenue should be pursued regardless of the time and energy it takes. For criminal attorney, Gina Tennen, devoting the finest criminal defense for clients is a habit and talent that you must apply and do all the time.

You demand the best defense. Take hold of your life and speak to our defense attorneys by calling 855-LAW-PRO1 (855-529-7761) now.

Founder Gina Tennen and all the defense attorneys at LibertyBell Law Group uphold that when the bell rings, it rings for life and liberty for all.



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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is considered a violent crime in California?

    Any crime that causes harm to another person or the threat of harm is considered a violent crime. Some of the most common examples include battery, assault, robbery, mayhem, and murder. Kidnapping and carjacking are also considered violent crimes.

    Assault is defined as any act of touching or attempting to touch another person in a harmful, offensive way. Assault with a deadly weapon or with a caustic chemical are two subcategories of assault. Battery, on the other hand, only occurs if a person is successful in touching another person in a harmful or offensive manner.

    Sex crimes can also be considered violent crimes in California if they harm the victim, such as rape or sodomy.

  • Is domestic violence a violent crime in California?

    Domestic violence can be divided into many categories, and they are all types of violent crime. Domestic violence includes spousal battery, child endangerment, stalking, aggravated trespass, threats, child or elder abuse, and more.

    Since these all fall under the umbrella of domestic violence, they can all be considered violent crimes with steep penalties. When faced with charges of one or multiple violent crimes, it’s important to find a lawyer who can help you come up with a defense tailored to your specific case.

  • What are five main types of violence?

    Sexual assault, robbery, assault, battery, and murder are some of the main categories of violent crime.

    Sexual assault is defined as any kind of unwanted sexual contact or sexual behavior that occurs without consent from the victim. It includes rape and other forms of forced sexual contact.

    Robbery is applied to any situation where a person takes something of value from another person by force or by threat. In other words, it’s theft combined with assault, which sets it apart from normal theft convictions.

    Assault and battery often go together. Assault includes any kind of violent or offensive touch, including the intent to touch someone in that manner. However, battery only includes actual violent or offensive touches.

    Murder is an unlawful killing of another human being. Not every instance of killing is considered a murder, since some are considered acts of self-defense or manslaughter.

  • Is violence always a crime?

    When committed by citizens, violence is almost always a crime. One notable exception is when an act is committed in self-defense. Violence committed by police or the military is often, though not always, lawful.

  • Can you get bail for violent crimes in California?

    Yes, it is possible to pay bail for violent crimes in California. Violent crimes tend to have higher bail amounts than other crimes, but it’s possible to get out on bail if you can pay for it.

    The bail for assault charges generally ranges between a few thousand and tens of thousands of dollars. Bail for weapons charges tends to be the highest, and bail for assault with a firearm starts at around $20,000 in many counties.