Violent Crimes

Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys in Texarkana

Aggressive Defense for Charges of Violent Crimes in East Texas

Any crime that involves the use of violence, whether it results in physical injury or death, is considered a violent crime. Violent crimes can be charged at both the state and federal levels. The punishments for a conviction are severe and can include hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences.

If you have been arrested for a violent crime in the Texarkana area, having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side is vital. The legal team at Potter & Marks, PLLC can help. Our attorneys have over 25 years of combined legal experience and are dedicated to providing our clients with the aggressive defense they need.

Call our lawyers at (870) 335-3052 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Types of Violent Crimes in Texas

Violent crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the case's specific circumstances. Felony charges carry more severe penalties, including longer prison sentences and larger fines.

Some common types of violent crimes include:

  • Assault and battery: Although assault and battery are two separate crimes, they are often charged together. Assault is the threat of violence, while battery is the act of violence.
  • Aggravated assault: This charge is reserved for cases in which the assault was committed with a deadly weapon or the assault caused serious injury to the victim.
  • Domestic violenceDomestic violence involves an act of violence committed against a family member or someone with whom the alleged perpetrator shares a household.
  • Homicide: Homicide is the act of killing another person. If the killing was intentional, it is considered murder. If the killing was unintentional, it is considered manslaughter.
  • Robbery: This is the act of stealing something from another person's immediate possession by using force or the threat of force.
  • Carjacking: Carjacking is a specific type of robbery that involves stealing a vehicle from its driver.
  • Arson: Although arson is not considered a violent crime, it is often charged as such because it involves intentionally destroying property.
  • Stalking: Stalking is the act of repeatedly following, harassing, or threatening another person in a way that makes that person fear for their safety.
  • Terroristic threats: Making a threat that suggests that an act of terrorism is imminent, even if the threat is not credible, is a serious crime.
  • Sexual assault: This involves unwanted sexual contact that occurs without the consent of the victim.

Penalties for Violent Crimes

The penalties for a violent crime conviction will vary depending on the specific charge and the case circumstances. In general, felony charges carry more severe penalties than misdemeanor charges.

Some common penalties for a conviction of a violent crime include:

  • Prison time: A violent crime conviction can result in a sentence ranging from a few years to life in prison.
  • Fines: The fines for a violent crime conviction can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.
  • Probation: A judge may sentence a person convicted of a violent crime to serve a probation period. While on probation, the defendant will be required to meet specific conditions, such as maintaining employment, meeting with a probation officer, and submitting to random drug tests.
  • Restitution: In some cases, a person convicted of a violent crime must pay the victim restitution. Restitution is money paid to the victim to compensate them for any financial losses they suffered as a result of the crime.
  • Loss of gun rights: A conviction of a violent crime can result in the loss of the right to own or possess a firearm.
  • Damage to your reputation: A violent crime conviction can have serious consequences for your personal and professional reputation.
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How Our Attorneys Can Help 

If you have been arrested for a violent crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients charged with all types of violent crimes. We can help you understand the charges you are facing and the potential penalties for a conviction.

When you hire our firm, we will:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation: We will investigate the circumstances of your arrest and the evidence the prosecution has against you. We will also interview any witnesses and gather any additional evidence that may help your case.
  • Develop an effective defense strategy: Based on our investigation, we will develop a defense strategy designed to reduce or dismiss the charges against you.
  • Negotiate with the prosecution: In some cases, it may be possible to negotiate a plea bargain. A plea bargain is an agreement in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence.
  • Represent you at trial: If your case goes to trial, we will represent you in court and fight to get you acquitted of the charges against you.

Get Started on Your Defense Today

If you have been arrested for a violent crime, do not hesitate to call our Texarkana violent crime defense lawyers. We can help you understand your legal options and fight to protect your rights throughout the legal process.

Call our firm at (870) 335-3052 or contact us online to get started on your case today.

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