Violent crimes are some of the most serious ones. Therefore, you should reach out for seasoned legal representation if you are arrested for or are being investigated as a suspect in a violent crime. Evidence is key in a case like this. You need someone on your side to ensure law enforcement and prosecutors are handling evidence properly and following the law.
Violent Crime Basics
Most violent crimes are felonies in Maryland, yet some of them are misdemeanors. The absolute minimum sentence for a violent misdemeanor in Maryland is 2 months incarceration, and the maximum penalties could be several years or even up to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. A violent crime conviction is life-changing and can destroy your family relationships, career, and more. It is critical to avoid a conviction when at all possible. Additionally, it may be beneficial to negotiate a lesser sentence for cases that cannot be dismissed or when a not guilty verdict is highly unlikely.
The most common violent crimes in Maryland include:
- Assault in the first or second degree
- Carjacking with actual violence or the threat of violence
- Extortion with actual violence or the threat of violence
- Hate crimes, particularly violent crimes like assault committed against minority groups
- Kidnapping with actual violence or the threat of violence
- Robbery with actual violence or the threat of violence
- Rape and other sex offenses
- Weapons crimes, including lesser crimes committed with a firearm or other deadly weapon
When to Contact a Violent Crimes Attorney
Many people mistakenly believe that they shouldn’t contact an attorney until an arrest is made. However, many violent crime investigations take time, which means that you could be asked questions or be put under surveillance by law enforcement even before an arrest is made. If you learn that you are a person of interest in a violent crime case, then it’s time to contact a lawyer.
J. Christopher Llinas has the experience and resources needed to provide you with an aggressive defense in the face of violent crime accusations. No matter what charges you face, you can trust that Attorney Llinas will go above and beyond to protect your constitutional rights. Call today for a consultation to discuss your needs in detail at (443) 235-5793.