Virginia Assault & Violent Crime Defense Lawyers
If you or someone close to you has been accused of assault or any other type of violent crime in Virginia, the Pack Law Group is here to help! We provide strong legal representation to help achieve the most favorable outcome possible during this stressful time. Our attorneys are experienced, aggressive, yet compassionate and understanding.
We represent clients in criminal defense, family law, DUI and personal injury cases. Pack Law Group attorneys are the skilled advocates you want by your side when facing serious charges of a criminal nature.
Assault & Violent Crime
As everyone has heard, you are considered innocent until proven guilty, but it might not seem like that is the case if you have been charged with a serious crime.
The other side, the prosecution, will try to prove your guilt and often take what seems to be an aggressive pursuit of proving your guilt. Our lawyers will guide you on how to approach the charges so we are not just in a defensive mode, but as proactive as we can be in using the facts of your case to best present your innocence. Just one consultation with our skilled attorneys may make the difference between being charged or having the case dismissed.
Crime is divided into two categories – violent crime such as assault, and property crime, such as burglary. In Virginia, an assault may be charged as a felony as can domestic violence and hate crimes.
What is an Assault Offense?
The Virginia Department of State Police defines an Assault as an unlawful attack by one person upon another. The offender may use a weapon or threats. The victim suffers bodily injury that can be severe including broken bones and teeth, possible internal injuries, cuts, bruises, or loss of consciousness.
An Assault can also occur when a victim is approached with what looks like a weapon.
A Simple Assault is an attack by one person upon another without a weapon displayed. This physical attack is still considered against the law. A victim can be a law enforcement officer, or judge. These are protected employees and assaults against them may be considered felonies.
Battery is also a crime of assault and occurs when the perpetrator inflicts personal harm on another such as hitting someone in the chest and breaking his ribs.
As far as a weapon, the perpetrator in an Aggravated Assault may use a weapon, poison, explosives, or a disease, such as a highly contagious deadly disease deliberately inflicted on another. There is no such thing as an attempted assault.
Assault may include Murder or Manslaughter which is the willful killing of one human being by another.
Killing another person through negligence, such as a traffic accident is Negligence or Vehicular Manslaughter.
Justifiable Homicide is the killing of a perpetrator by a police officer in the line of duty or during the commission of a serious crime by the individual.
Murder/Nonnegligent Manslaughter might result in death from a fight or an assault.
Kidnapping is considered a violent crime which includes abduction and also hostage situations.
Hate Crimes are defined as inflicting bodily injury on someone based on their race, religion, gender, or national origin. This too is considered a felony.
Domestic Violence may be a felony or misdemeanor, depending on whether the defendant has a history of such behavior.
State statistics show that about half of all violent crimes occur in the residence or home. In about half of those cases, firearms were used in an aggravated assault.
In 2017, the state crime statistics show:
* There were more than 10,000 aggravated assaults with July reporting the greatest numbers of offenses
* More than 88,000 incidents of simple assault or intimidation
* More than 455 murders, non-negligent manslaughter
* More than 5,700 incidents of forcible sex offenses
* More than 1,500 reports of kidnapping and abduction
* More than 98,000 assault offenses reported
* There were 202 hate crime offenses reported with more than 40% involving assault offenses.
* The state reports more than 1,650 assaults on police officers in Virginia in 2017.
Penalties usually follow a sentencing guideline and can put you in prison for an extended period of time.
As defense lawyers, we look for the most favorable way to present the facts of your case. For example, when we look more closely, things may not be what they seem at first glance. Often eyewitnesses are unreliable and our expert team can pinpoint why an eyewitness’ testimony may not be relied upon.
Informants as well may be unreliable or have a conflict of interest. They may be making a statement against you in order to obtain some favors from law enforcement.
Police have been known to behave badly to turn the facts against you, as can prosecutors. It is not unusual for us to find they were less than professional in their vigorous and aggressive pursuit of you.
We listen to you to determine how statements made against you may be untruthful, therefore not hold up in a court of law.
Speaking to Law Enforcement
No one expects to be charged with a crime as serious as assault or a violent crime. This may have been a misunderstanding and you may have played a minor role. But it may not look good and the prosecutor is looking for someone to be the responsible party.
We strongly encourage you to consult with the Pack Law Group before speaking to anyone.
Please do not consent to a search of your home or property including a boat or car. Do not speak to friends or co-workers. Discussing your case over a cell phone is discouraged.
Hire the Best
As the other saying goes, “A person who tries to represent themselves has a fool for a client.” Please do not decide to go it alone. Crime is one of the top concerns of the citizens of Virginia and sometimes just an accusation can put you in a very bad light. We provide an aggressive defense of your rights. We care and will fight for your best interests.