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Have You Been Accused of a Violent Crime?

The most serious violations relate to crimes of violence. When a complaint of this type is made to police, their primary consideration becomes the safety of the victim.

Unfortunately, because the police usually only have one perspective onset of the investigation, the immediate goal is generally to arrest the accused person, and allow the justice system to work out the solution. These cases are even more complicated because violent crimes may or may not involve actual physical injury.

Thus, if you are accused of committing a crime related to violence, it is important that you quickly obtain legal representation to protect your legal rights, and understand your legal options.

Outcomes in these investigations depend on specific facts and law. Attempting to handle things on your own may create additional criminal liability.

Violent Crime Defense Attorney George Kita has substantial experience with cases involving allegations of violence. His background as a former prosecutor provides insight on the justice system, allowing him to effectively represent clients.

Contact today, to find out your options, at 213-400-5355!

Consequences of a Violent Crime Case

Accusations of a violent crime can quickly trigger many negative consequences, including, arrest, restraining orders, loss of employment, and denial of child custody/visitation.

Many of these cases are unfounded, false allegations concocted to obtain leverage in child custody cases or business disputes. Importantly, the motives in these cases can sometimes be revealed before the justice system moves forward.

A false accusation can be devastating. Unfortunately, when tensions are elevated, it is not uncommon for a “victim” to embellish the facts in his or her favor, painting a far more negative picture of the actual event.

A verbal dispute sometimes is described as a physical altercation. A harsh, mutual exchange of words is later recalled by the “victim” as a threat. If the “victim” appears credible at the time of contact by police, these above scenarios can quickly evolve into felony arrests.

A false statement resulting in an arrest for a violent crime may be grounds for felony or misdemeanor arrest of the “victim.” This is common in cases where the “victim” initiated unlawful force on the accused person. This scenario may also be the basis of Self-Defense.

How can you protect yourself from untrue accusations? Call Attorney George Kita, today, at 213-400-5355!

Types of Violent Crime: Verbal & Physical.

Penal Code section 422 - Criminal Threat, involves purported threats to a person or someone in that person’s immediate family.

Penal Code section 649.9 - Stalking, requires following or harassment & a credible threat

Penal Code section 240 - Assault, may or may not involve physical contact to have occurred. It requires an attempt combined with the present ability to cause physical harm to another.

Penal Code section 245 - Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ADW), is similar to Penal Code 240 (no actual contact or physical harm required) however the allegation involves use of a weapon (gun, knife, car, etc.)

Personal Use of a Weapon during the commission of a violent offense i.e., ADW, enhances the severity of the accusation.

Penal Code section 242 - Battery, requires some physical contact on another.

Penal Code section 273.5, 243(e)(1) - Domestic Violence and/or Domestic Battery involves accusations of violence on a spouse/person in a dating relationship/or living together, or on a person who is a parent of a child of the accused person. These cases are especially serious, and are given a high priority by police.

Penal Code section 236 - False imprisonment, is the unlawful violation of personal liberty of another person.

Penal Code section 207 - Kidnap, involves movement of another person by force or threat.

Homicide - an event where a person dies may lead to a violent crime investigation. This is common in cases of mutual combat or other altercation where one of the involved parties suffers a fatal injury.

False Accusations of Violence

Accusations of a violent crime can trigger many negative consequences, including, arrest, restraining orders, loss of employment, and denial of child custody/visitation.

Unfortunately, many of these cases are unfounded, false allegations concocted to obtain leverage in child custody cases or business disputes. Importantly, the motives in these cases can sometimes be revealed before the justice system moves forward.

A false accusation can be devastating. When tensions are elevated, it is not uncommon for a “victim” to embellish the facts in his or her favor, painting a far more negative picture of the actual event. A verbal dispute sometimes is described as a physical altercation. A harsh, mutual exchange of words is later recalled by the “victim” as a threat. If the “victim” appears credible at the time of contact by police, these above scenarios can quickly evolve into felony arrests.

A false statement resulting in an arrest for a violent crime may be grounds for felony or misdemeanor arrest of the “victim.” This is common in cases where the “victim” initiated unlawful force on the accused person. This scenario may also be the basis of Self-Defense.

If you have been accused of a crime of violence Call and learn how to best protect your legal rights, at 213-400-5355!