Defending Yourself From Violent Crime Charges
Whether you have been charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment or trespassing, or other crimes such as kidnapping, rape, domestic violence or homicide, it is important to realize that in the eyes of the law, they are all considered violent crimes and carry heavy penalties. Sentences for violent crimes can range from a year in jail and a $2,000 fine for a misdemeanor charge all the way up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine for a first-degree felony.
Because the punishments are so harsh for violent crimes, the prosecution must present a case that proves your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This high level of proof required often results in opportunities for your defense attorney to negotiate and have your charges reduced or dropped. If your case must go to court, a lawyer who can identify the weaknesses in the state’s case against you may be able to help you gain a “not guilty” verdict.
Edward J. Rymsza is an aggressive, strategic criminal defense lawyer who has experience handling violent crime cases in state, federal and appellate courts. Miele & Rymsza, P.C. serves clients across northeastern and central Pennsylvania, and our focus is providing you with the best outcome possible in your case.
What Actions Are Considered Violent Crimes?
While the term violent crime may sound initially like a “catchall” category, the common thread that ties all such charges together is the threat or use of force — including deadly force — to accomplish one’s objective. This can include crimes such as:
- Simple assault
- Aggravated assault
- Armed robbery
- Rape/sexual assault and other violent sex crimes
- Domestic violence
- Homicide or murder charges
- Reckless endangerment
- Intimidating a witness
Our firm works diligently to ensure our clients’ due process rights are preserved throughout their journey through the justice system. It is easy to feel intimidated by law enforcement and make statements without an attorney present or consent to a search without a warrant. We review your case and fight all the way to the end to ensure you receive a fair trial.