Violent Crimes Lawyer in Baltimore, Maryland
Violent crimes are some of the most serious offenses. Being arrested for a violent crime has the potential to completely alter your future and that of your family. If you are convicted, you will likely face devastating jail time. If you have been accused of a violent crime, it is critical that you retain an attorney who will effectively advocate for you as you face dire charges and circumstances. The experienced attorneys at Decker, Tychostup & Friedman have the skill and knowledge to provide quality representation in the face of these serious charges. Our Baltimore law firm handles the full spectrum of violent crime charges. These crimes are almost always felony offenses and carry stiff penalties and consequences. Violent crimes are usually classified as first or second-degree crimes. If you have been charged with a violent crime in the state of Maryland or have a loved one awaiting trial, contact our firm to discuss your legal matter. Contact Decker, Tychostup & Friedman.
What is a violent crime?
A violent crime is a criminal offense using violence or the threat of violence upon a victim. This can include both actions that are means to an end and the prime objective. In the state of Maryland, these are felony crimes, broken down into categories from Felony I to Felony IV, each subject to a serious amount of jail time, some with minimum sentences. These crimes include murder, rape, arson, kidnapping, sexual crimes and more. Below is a small collection of examples broken down by felony category.
Felony I violent crimes
Felony I violent crimes are saved for the most serious offenses. For many, this comes with a life sentence. These crimes include:
- First-degree murder
- First-degree rape
- First-degree sex offense
- Child abuse (death of a child under 13 and/or with a previous conviction)
Felony II violent crimes
Felony II crimes cover a range of offenses. These are also very serious crimes that come with the potential for serious jail time between 25 years to life, depending on the nature of the crime. These include:
- Kidnapping (general and or victim under 16)
- Attempted murder in the first degree
- Murder in the second degree
- Attempted rape in the first degree
- Rape in the second degree
- Attempted sexual offense in the first degree
- Sexual offense in the second degree
- Armed Robbery (carjacking)
- Child abuse in the first degree
- Child abuse of a victim over the age of 13 that led to death
- Child abuse of a sexual nature
Felony III violent crimes
These serious offenses cover a range of crimes. Conviction of these crimes could subject a person to a maximum sentence of 20 to 30 years, depending on the nature of the situation. These include:
- Burglary in the first degree
- Kidnapping (child under the age of 12)
- Attempted second-degree murder
- Robbery (carjacking, unarmed/ robbery with a deadly weapon)
- Attempted second-degree rape
Contact a Baltimore criminal defense attorney
Our attorneys will thoroughly assess the situation, investigate the circumstances of the arrest, and review all evidence that the prosecution has against you. We will provide you with an honest evaluation of where your case lies and compassionately guide you through your options. It is imperative that you have effective representation in order to fight such serious charges. Decker, Tychostup & Friedman has years of experience providing Baltimore and the state of Maryland quality legal services. To learn more about how our firm can aggressively protect your interests or the interests of a loved one as you face serious violent crime charges, contact our firm today.