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Criminal defense is crucial with violent crime allegations

Facing criminal allegations in Virginia can have a dramatic and long-lasting impact on a person's life. When the charges are for assault or other violent acts, those who are dealing with criminal accusations and the possible penalties will undoubtedly be fearful and have concerns as to what the future holds. There is a stigma with violent crimes and people who have a conviction on their record should think about how the situation can harm them not just personally, but professionally as well.

Violent crimes cross the spectrum into multiple categories and all carry with them serious consequences. Getting into a minor altercation in which there was physical contact - even if there were no injuries - can result in assault charges. A more extensive situation in which there was a fight with or without weapons can result in assault and battery charges. Should people be seriously hurt in the case, it can result in a charge of malicious wounding. Domestic incidents can lead to an arrest, family problems and automatic disfavor in the community. Some assault cases result from another alleged crime being committed, such as robbery or sex-based crimes. In a worst-case scenario, there will be a death and the accused can be charged with murder or manslaughter.

It is important to attempt to plan a successful defense strategy. That can involve plea bargains or outright acquittals. Perhaps the person got caught up in a situation and it escalated out of control to the point where violence happened. There might have been a criminal act based on addiction or being under the influence. Or, the other person involved might have sparked the incident or made it worse than it should have been.

It is important to understand the perspective of law enforcement and prosecutors to prepare a criminal defense strategy. After being arrested for violent criminal allegations, the right approach is crucial.

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