Violent crimes in the United States is unbridled. We can watch the news, read social media, and read the newspapers on a daily basis, and there will be at least one article about a violent crime being committed. Violent crimes are being committed consistently in a variety of areas across the United States, including Minnesota.
Many people who commit these crimes have bad intentions, but others are being accused and convicted of committing violent crimes they did not commit. Since there has been a significant increase in violent crimes in Minnesota, many people are being falsely accused of committing these violent crimes. When someone is convicted of committing a violent crime, that person will face serious consequences that can be extremely significant to one’s current life. The consequences will also impact the individual’s life moving forward.
Often times, the police will be in such a rush to solve a crime that they will not do a thorough investigation. As a result of a lack of an investigation, a person can be overly charged by the prosecutor. In many cases, an innocent individual will be convicted of a crime that he or she did not commit due to the lack of an investigation. Police can take several statements from one witness or multiple witnesses who provide incorrect information, intentionally or unintentionally. When incorrect information is provided, someone can be misidentified and false charges can be brought up against an innocent person.
Many law enforcement officials have a goal to end a case as soon as they can so they can move on to the next case and start a new investigation. Unfortunately, these actions can result in a lack of information and a lack of evidence in the previous case. When there is a lack of evidence and only a few witness statements have been collected, key details can and will be missed.
These key details could have lead to the prosecution not filing any charges against the individuals or the prosecution filing less severe charges. Unfortunately, many cases turn out the way they do because of illegal actions being taken to obtain evidence. This is why it is important that you have an experienced Minnesota violent crimes lawyer on your side. You need an attorney who will make sure no illegal tactics have been used in your case.
There are various defenses that someone can bring up when they are involved in a violent crimes case, such as self-defense or misidentification.
What crimes can be viewed as violent crimes?
A few of the offenses that are included as violent crimes in Minnesota are listed below:
- Simple battery
- Aggravated battery
- Terroristic threats
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Theft of a controlled substance
- Endangerment of a child
- Criminal sexual assault
- Violence committed that will benefit a gang
Not only will one face a large fine and a long prison sentence, being convicted of a felony crime can also result in the person losing his or her right to carry a firearm, in addition to other rights. Being accused of a violent crime is a serious accusation. There are significant consequences that are attached to violent crimes.
If you have been charged with a violent crime offense in Minnesota, it is critically important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. You will need to find a criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience in taking on cases that involve an individual being accused of committing a violent crime.
For additional information about violent crimes or to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
Disclaimer: The content of this article does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Please contact Jennifer Speas to discuss the specifics of your case.