Quincy Violent Crimes Attorney
Violent crimes are crimes in which the offender used or threatened to use
violent force on another person. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR)
Program lists four offenses as falling under the violent crimes category:
murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated
assault. Nationally, violent crimes reported by law enforcement was down
last year, decreasing by 4 percent in 2011 when compared to 2010, according
to the FBI's Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report. This decrease
is part of an ever larger downward trend since violent crimes in the nation
dropped by 13.2 percent from 2006 to 2010. That does not, however, make
an arrest for a violent crime any less real for individuals today.
Violent crimes are some of the most serious offenses a person could be
accused of, which means they lead to some of the most serious penalties.
Those convicted of these types of crimes can end up spending years in
prison—up to life terms—or even the death penalty. Sometimes,
a violent crime will lead to the physical harm, or even death, of another
person. When you are facing charges for crimes of violence, you will need
professional legal assistance. A skilled and experienced
Weymouth criminal defense lawyer will be able to assess the details of your case and identify aspects that
could benefit you and your defense strategy. You will need an attorney
who can help you make sure that your rights are being protected during
your criminal proceedings.
Murder and Manslaughter
Murder is the unlawful and deliberate killing of another person. There
are multiple factors that qualify a murder as being in the first degree
under Massachusetts law. It is classified in the first degree when the
murder is committed with "deliberately premeditated malice afterthought,"
when it is committed with "extreme atrocity or cruelty," or
when it is committed during the execution of another crime that is punishable
with death or life imprisonment, according to
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, §1. Other types of murder fall under the second-degree category. Individuals
convicted of first-degree murder could receive the death penalty. Some
individuals convicted with first-degree murder, along with those convicted
of second-degree murder, could be sentenced to life in prison.
If someone is suspected of unintentionally kills another person, the offender
could be charged and convicted of manslaughter. This offense can be considered
voluntary or involuntary, which will depend on whether the offender's
actions that caused the killing reflected a disregard for the safety of
others. In Massachusetts, a manslaughter conviction is punishable by imprisonment
for up to 20 years, or confinement in a jail or a house of correction
for up to two-and-a-half years, according to
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, §13. The person convicted of the crime could also be ordered to pay a fine
of up to $1,000.
A person commits forcible
rape when he or she has sexual intercourse, including unnatural intercourse
with another individual against that person's will by using force
or the threat of force. Under
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, §22, a rape conviction is punishable by a state prison term of up to 20 years
in prison. A second or subsequent rape, or the rape of a child, can result
in harsher penalties—up to life in prison.
Someone who steals money or property from another person with the use of
force or a weapon commits a robbery. Armed robbery—or robbery with
the use of a dangerous weapon—is punishable in Massachusetts by
a sentence of any number of years in prison, including a possible life
sentence, according to the state's
General Laws Chapter 265, §17. Those committing armed robbery while masked or disguised must not receive
less than five years in prison. The same requirement goes for those committing
the crime using a firearm, shotgun, rifle, machine gun or assault weapon.
Subsequent offenders are subject to harsher penalties. Unarmed robbery
is also punishable by a prison sentence of any number of years, including life.
assault occurs when someone attacks another person. Aggravated assault occurs
when the attack is committed for the purpose of causing severe physical
injury. Assaults committed with the use of a weapon could make bring the
assault to the "aggravated" level. The state of Massachusetts
lists various types of assault, which can produce different levels of
punishment. There is assault with the intent to murder or maim, assault
and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a family or
household member and more. All of these can lead to jail or prison time.
Contacting an Attorney
There is a lot at risk if you are charged with a violent crime. Don't
try to handle your case alone. If you are located in the greater South
Shore area including
Braintree, my criminal defense law firm Flanagan & Associates might be able
to help you lower your chances of a conviction. My firm, which has locations
throughout Massachusetts, can provide you with a free consultation and
case evaluation. Don't hesitate to
contact me today!