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Violent crimes are heavily punished in the State of Georgia.

State lawmakers have put statutes in place that heavily punish crimes of violence. If you are accused of committing any violent crime you could face very severe penalties, and spend years serving time in a state correctional facility. There is a range of offenses that are classified as violent crimes, including but not limited to the following:

Aggravated Assault - assault with the intent to murder, commit robbery, or rape, committed with a weapon. You can also be charged with this when discharging a firearm from inside a motor vehicle.

Homicide with Malice Aforethought (Murder)- Intentionally killing someone.

Domestic Violence - Violence between family members.

Homicide when committing Another Felony Offense

Involuntary Manslaughter - Unintentionally killing someone as a result of reckless and/or illegal behavior.

Vehicular Homicide - Intentionally killing someone while driving and doing at least one of the following: driving recklessly, evading police, hit and run, committing a DUI, or overtaking a school bus.

Kidnapping - Abducting someone and holding them against their will without lawful authority.

Assault - Committing or attempting to commit a violent injury to another person.

Battery - Intentionally causing substantial physical harm to another person.

Rape (Sexual Assault) - When a man forcibly penetrates a woman's sex organ.

Carjacking - Taking (or attempting to take) a car from someone by force, violence, or intimidation.

Robbery - Taking the property of another person against their will through violence, intimidation, force or threats.

If you are accused of any of these offenses or another violent crime, your future hangs in the balance. What happens at trial will have a big impact on whether you walk away without further damage or spend years behind bars. The penalties imposed are so extreme that it there is great urgency in getting legal representation from a Savannah criminal attorney with a record of positive verdicts at trial. At The Schneider Law Firm, we urge you to connect with us at once if you are under investigation or have already been charged with any violent crime.

Penalties Imposed in a Conviction for a Crime of Violence

The penalty for murder can be the death sentence or life in prison. When the crime is filed as involuntary manslaughter, from 1 – 20 years could be imposed as a sentence. For kidnapping, you could face up to 20 years. For simple assault, you could have up to 12 months in jail. For aggravated assault, the prison term is 10 – 20 years. Aggravated battery allows for up to 20 years in state prison as well. Armed robbery allows for up to 20 years in prison to be imposed. If the victim was 65 years or older, the minimum sentence is 5 years. Vehicular homicide can mean up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Forcible rape can allow for a sentence of 20 years in prison to be imposed. All misdemeanor offenses allow for up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine to be imposed.

Use of a Weapon in the Commission of a Crime

Crimes involving firearms, knives or other weapons are considered to be violent crimes, whether the weapon was used or not. There are heavy fines imposed on these crimes as well, often as high as $100,000, not including restitution to the victims. An alleged victim who was in fear of imminent harm from a perpetrator who was armed with any weapon, whether that person was harmed or not will lead to more severe penalties in a conviction.

Hate crimes are also more heavily punished, and having a crime classified in this manner can be a very serious legal problem. These are violent crimes committed against another due to gender, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin or other forms of bias. Gang crimes also carry heavier penalties in many cases.

If you are accused of committing a violent crime, you need to find the best Savannah criminal lawyer you can to fight for you. There are many people who entrust their case to an overworked public defender or an inexperienced lawyer. When your freedom could be lost, you cannot take chances.

Call upon the professionals at The Schneider Law Firm at once for help.

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