Violent Crimes Attorney Serving All Of Sonoma County
Violent crimes are defined as a crime in which the offender uses or threatens to use violent force upon the victim. In most cases, violence is used as a means to an end, especially during crimes such as rape and robbery. During the commission of a violent crime, the offender may or may not use a weapon. If the offender uses a weapon while committing a violent crime, the offense will usually be classified as a serious felony. If a firearm is used in the commission of an offense, the penalty can include jail or prison, even for as long as life. Many violent crimes are strikes under the Three Strikes Law. Because of the impact on the future of those convicted of violent crimes, it is imperative to seek an experienced and skilled Santa Rosa violent crimes attorney.
Three Strikes Laws
Three Strikes Laws are statutes enacted by state governments in the United States which mandates state courts to impose a harsher sentence on persons convicted of three or more serious criminal offenses. In most jurisdictions, only crimes at the felony level qualify as serious offenses. Depending on the seriousness of the felony, the felony sentences can range from a minimum of 25 years to a maximum of life imprisonment (typically the defendant is given the possibility of parole with a life sentence). California enacted the Three Strikes Law in 1994.
Violent crimes include:
- Robbery of a residence in which a deadly or dangerous weapon is used
- Rape and other sex offenses
- Burglary of a residence and assault with intent to commit a robbery or murder
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Home invasion
Contacting a Santa Rosa Violent Crimes Attorney
If you are facing any violent crime charge in California and want to find the best attorney you can to handle your case, you should contact Santa Rosa violent crime lawyer Carolyn Vandyk as soon as possible. The attorneys at Vandyk Law assist clients with all violent crime matters and understand that these types of charges are very serious. Call our office today at (707) 528-1100 for a confidential legal consultation.
The legal penalties for a violent crime conviction will depend upon several factors. These factors include the defendant’s prior criminal history, the type of crime committed, the extent of the victim’s injuries, and if a weapon was used during the commission of the crime. If a person is convicted of a violent crime he or she may be subjected to jail time, fines, community service, probation, and legal fees. Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved, it is always in a person’s best interest to obtain the services of a Santa Rosa Violent Crimes Attorney, who has the legal background and knowledge it takes to successfully fight violent crime charges.
Vandyk Law is dedicated to providing criminal defendants with the fighting chances that they deserve in order to avoid the pitfalls and consequences of criminal convictions. We have worked extensively in the field of criminal law. We have successfully handled a vast array of violent crime cases for clients in Sonoma County and surrounding areas. At our firm, each client’s case is considered a priority.
Our office is located in downtown Santa Rosa, in the heart of Sonoma County, minutes from the Sonoma County courthouses and jails. Our centralized location allows us to represent clients throughout the North Bay as well as throughout the greater Bay Area. Our criminal law practice has handled thousands of criminal cases and successfully tried dozens of criminal cases. If you have been charged with a violent crime in California, it is important to hire a strong and experienced Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney that will make every effort to fight the charges against you. Contact Vandyk Law today for a confidential consultation at (707) 528-1100 about your alleged violent crime.