What To Do If You Are Charged With A Violent Crime In California
Because the stakes are so high when it comes to violent crime charges, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced California criminal defense attorney as soon as you are able.
The Law Office of Matthew H. Springmeyer is an established firm with a national reputation for aggressive defense from an attorney who is widely recognized for his legal skill, acumen and the results he attains for his clients. He offers a free initial consultation for prospective criminal defense clients. As an attorney with substantial immigration experience, Mr. Springmeyer can take on cases that involve both criminal charges and immigration issues. Call 619-365-4206.
What are the true stakes of a violent crime charge?
California is a “three-strikes” state. This means that once you are convicted with three violent or serious offenses, you face 25 years to life in prison based on the state sentencing scheme, or Penal Code Section 667. If you are convicted of two serious felonies, you face a double sentence under this code. Even if the normal sentencing for the crime is only a few years, you will face double time if you are a “second striker” and 25 years to life if you are a “third striker.”
How can I prevent getting a “strike” against me?
Any time, it is possible you want a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor. This prevents you from getting a “strike” against you. In some cases, it may be possible for you to get a previous strike removed if the laws have changed since your conviction. An experienced and proven criminal defense attorney can create a strategy to pursue the best possible outcome for you.
What is a violent or serious felony?
Serious felonies do not have to be violent. For example, the sale of cocaine, fentanyl or a hallucinogen can be a serious felony but is not a violent crime. Burglary can also be a serious felony but is not a violent crime. Convictions for these can result in a strike, however. It is important, therefore, to understand that just because a crime isn’t violent, doesn’t mean it won’t count against you in the three-strikes law.
Here are some of the violent charges that Mr. Springmeyer represents:
- Assault and assault with a deadly weapon
- Battery and aggravated battery
- Criminal threats
- Murder and attempted murder
- Vehicular homicide
- Robbery and carjacking
Your life, your future and your freedom are important and worth fighting for. Enlist the help of an attorney who will be with you every step of the way.
Do immigrants facing serious criminal charges need a special type of lawyer?
Attorney Matthew Springmeyer is more than an accomplished California criminal defense attorney. For nearly a decade, he has served the needs of immigrants. If you are an undocumented immigrant or in the process of seeking naturalization citizenship, it is very important to work with an attorney who understands immigration law and process. Whether you have been charged with a DUI, drug or violent crime, Mr. Springmeyer can help.
Turn To The Trusted San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney
Do not face a serious criminal charge on your own. The rest of your life may very well hang in the balance. Get the aggressive and proven representation and guidance you need for a strong defense. Call 619-365-4206 or email the firm to set up a free consult. The firm serves criminal defense clients in San Diego and throughout Southern California. It serves immigration clients across the United States.