Everyone loses his or her temper from time to time. In some cases, this type of scenario may not result in much more than a spat between two people, but in other cases, the situation can escalate. When that does happen, you could end up facing serious charges for a violent crime.
The phrase "violent crime" can actually refer to several different scenarios. The details of the incident can play a role in what type of violent crime authorities may suspect. If you find yourself accused of any type of criminal activity that falls into this category, you may want to make sure you have the right information and assistance for dealing with your predicament.
Types of violent crimes
The type of crime suspected can impact how severely the court views the situation. It can also affect the types of consequences that could result in the event that a conviction takes place. Some activities that may fall into the category of violent crimes include the following:
- Domestic violence
Often, these examples are also considered crimes against the person, which means that the act caused non-fatal injuries or the accused attempted to cause such injuries. Typically, these crimes result in felony charges. However, the types of injuries suffered could affect whether felony charges are applicable.
In cases where fatal injuries take place, a person could face charges for murder or manslaughter. These charges can come in varying degrees, and the degree applied can impact the potential punishments.
Defending against accusations
Even if you face charges for any of the above or other violent crimes, it is important that you remember that you are innocent until -- and only if -- a court of law proves you are guilty. You can create and present a criminal defense against the accusations if you wish to do so. You may have acted out of self-defense or experienced other extenuating circumstances that could play important parts in your case.
Dealing with any type of criminal accusation can be frightening, but fortunately, you do not have to go through such experiences alone. An attorney can help you better understand the allegations police have brought against you and your legal options as well as guide you through the necessary legal proceedings that you will face during criminal proceedings.