There are many times when people do things that they shouldn't. Sometimes, people participate in activities that lead to injuries that they didn't mean to cause. In worst-case scenarios, people who injure others can be charged and threatened with penalties for committing violent crimes.
There are several crimes considered to be violent crimes. Violent crimes usually require for there to be a victim who was hurt or killed. That means that crimes such as sexual assault, assault and battery, domestic violence and kidnapping could all be different violent crimes. However, there are cases where domestic violence, for example, might not be a violent crime, like if the violence actually involved financial abuse.
What is the most serious violent crime?
The most serious violent crime is murder or manslaughter, depending on the specific case. There are different degrees of murder or manslaughter, which directly correlate to the types of penalties you could face. For example, premeditated murder charges and convictions carry heavier penalties than charges for involuntary manslaughter without premeditation.
What should you do if you're accused of a violent crime?
No matter what, don't ignore the accusation against you. You don't want to wait too long because that gives the prosecution time to build a case without resistance. You should contact an attorney and find out if you have any options for protecting yourself and your reputation to start with. Then, you should get to know your options as the case moves forward and potentially goes to court.
Everyone deserves a chance to explain themselves or protect themselves against false accusations. Our site has more on what you can do to protect your reputation.