Violent crimes are taken very seriously in the state of Pennsylvania. When a person is charged with committing a violent crime, they are facing a potentially life-changing situation. Consequences for these charges can vary depending on the exact crime that was committed and the circumstances surrounding it. It is important to contact a skilled attorney for assistance if you have been charged with a violent crime.
What is a Violent Crime?
In the state of Pennsylvania, there are several different criminal acts that are considered to be violent crimes. This can include but is not limited to:
- Hate crimes
- Weapons crimes
- Sex crimes
- Domestic violence
- Vehicular homicide
- Armed robbery
Consequences of Violent Crimes
The consequences an offender may receive for committing a violent crime can vary depending on the severity of the act. However, in most cases, all the penalties for these crimes will be severe. They can include large fines, probation, community service, time in jail or state/federal prison. If the offense is serious enough, the individual may even face life imprisonment or the death penalty.
In Pennsylvania, crimes are classified by their degree. Crimes that fall under the first-degree felony category can result in more than 10 years of imprisonment. This can include crimes such as murder, some types of assault, rape, and several other crimes. Second-degree felonies are still very serious and can require an individual to serve up to 10 years in prison. Crimes under this category can include weapons crimes. Examples of this can include illegally possessing a firearm after a drug conviction or carrying a weapon illegally with an altered serial number.
Regardless of what the consequences are, every violent crime is a serious situation. This is why it is crucial for offenders to contact an experienced attorney to have strong legal representation for their case.
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