A violent felony is a criminal offense that involves the use of threat of force against another person. If you’ve been charged with a violent felony, you are at risk of facing years in prison, or even a life sentence. Whatever the specific charge is, you can trust The Gallucci Law Firm to provide the best defense for your individual case. Mario Gallucci has over 30 years of experience representing clients and successfully defending them against violent felony prosecution, and he will take on your case with dedication and skill.
What is a Violent Felony?
Violent felonies encompass a wide range of criminal offenses, and are commonly referred to as ‘crimes against the person.’ If any threat of force or actual force was used against another person, it’s considered a violent felony. This includes:
Violent felonies include these charges, however, the term ‘felony’ is reserved for the most serious of crimes. Usually when the defendant is accused of a violent felony, it means physical harm has already befallen the victim. Certain circumstances can increase the severity of a violent felony charge, such as whether a weapon was used and whether the victim was a law enforcement officer or a minor. The defendant’s criminal record will be taken into account as well.
Defending Against a Violent Felony
Since violent felonies carry a serious prison sentence, you have to be prepared to give your best defense. The most common defense is self-defense. Self-defense is defined as “the use of reasonable force to protect oneself or members of the family from bodily harm from the attack of an aggressor.” Other common defenses against a violent felony charge include:
- Accidents or Mistakes
- Insanity or Diminished Capacity
- Having an Alibi
Violent felonies are usually combined with other serious charges, such as theft, so it’s important for your lawyer to argue for the best defense suited to your unique case and the circumstances that surrounded the incident. Your lawyer will usually have to conduct numerous in-depth interviews and research in order to explore every aspect of your defense and anticipate the prosecution’s questions. It is important to choose the proper defense because certain defenses (such as intoxication) may lower the original sentence but still be added to the record.
Penalties for a Violent Felony
Since felonies are the most severe type of crime, violent felonies carry more significant penalties than other types of crimes. Felonies are known to be punishable by at least one year in state or federal prison. Penalties depend on the outcome of the trial as well as the severity of the crime that was committed, and can include incarceration, fines, restitution, or probation. The aim of hiring a confident and experienced criminal defense attorney is to achieve the lightest sentence and penalty possible based on a well-crafted defense.
Violent Crime Defense Lawyer in New York & New Jersey
Mario Gallucci of The Gallucci Law Firm has over 30 years of experience defending clients that have been accused of violent felonies. We specialize in a variety of criminal defense techniques and procedures in order to devise the right defense for your individual case. Mario Gallucci is a member of the New York State Defenders Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the NYC Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association. He has been a trusted defense for many years and has fought for a number of high-profile cases in the tri-state area. We’ll help you understand what to expect from the legal process and stand by your side from the moment you step inside the courtroom. If you have been charged with a violent felony, or another criminal offense, please contact our Staten Island office to schedule a legal consultation today.