Santa Barbara Violent Crime Defense Attorney
Regarding Violent Crimes
Law enforcement throughout California is determined to reduce the number of violent crimes and see the perpetrators in jail or prison. In accomplishing this investigating officers can sometimes be over zealous in their treatment of an investigation or in acting on a complaint from an alleged victim. They might even get some of the facts wrong in their reports, causing a prosecutor to file charges against the alleged offender when there factually are no grounds. A Santa Barbara criminal defense attorney is dedicated to helping the innocent avoid unfair prosecution and those who have made a mistake to avoid the overly harsh penalties of a conviction.
Facing violent crime charges? Contact a Santa Barbara violent crime defense attorney for sound advice and aggressive defense.
Violent Crime Defense Lawyer in Santa Barbara
Some violent crimes can be charged as misdemeanors or as felonies, although most are only charged as felonies. Conviction of a violent crime felony counts as a strike under the "three strikes" rule. These offenses are punishable by long prison sentences, some up to life in prison. Some juvenile crimes fall into this category and depending on the age of the accused can mean being tried as an adult. Punishments can be enhanced (increased) if deadly weapons are used or serious injury is sustained by the victim. A violent crime defense lawyer at Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP is prepared to defend clients accused of violent crimes such as:
- Car jacking
- Gang related crimes
- Domestic violence
- Aggravated assault
In our 50 years of combined criminal defense experience we have represented hundreds of clients charged with crimes of violence and have obtained hundreds of dismissals. We also serve Montecito, Isla Vista, UCSB, Goleta and Carpinteria. A criminal defense lawyer at our firm has had great success in obtaining not guilty verdicts after trial.