Violent Crime Defense Lawyer in New York

Few crimes carry the stiff sentences and penalties of violent crimes. Violence is often the dividing point for several aspects of the criminal justice system. While a drug offense may carry a mandatory sentence,

if a violent act or intent is included, the sentence will automatically be more severe.

Violence or its intent may also have severe ramifications for alternative sentencing. In many cases, a drug offender may be diverted into an alternative treatment program; but if an offender is considered violent, they will often be denied the opportunity of treatment instead of jail time. The same holds true for probation and parole. If an individual is considered a danger to society, the incentive is there for the judge to keep that individual removed from mainstream society for fear of the potential for future violence.

Violent Crime Statistics

Even with its large population, compared to other states, New York ranks average for violent crimes. Statistics from Neighborhood Scout give a comprehensive view of violent crime, both in New York and nationally. Their data suggest that New York has roughly 392,694 total crimes on average each year, with 75,165 violent crimes.

The violent crime rate in New York is the same as the national average of 3.8 percent. A New Yorker has a one-in-262 chance of being a victim of violent crime. The site also includes a table breaking down violent crimes in New York and nationally.

Crimes in New York

  • Murder: 609 total, .03 (per thousand)
  • Rape: 6,074 total, .31
  • Robbery: 23, 936 total, 1.21
  • Assault: 44,546 total, 2.25

Crimes Around the United States

  • Murder: 15,696 total, .05
  • Rape: 124,047 total, .39
  • Robbery: 327,374 total, 1.02
  • Assault: 764,449 total, 2.38

Don’t Take It Lightly,
We Won’t Either

Violent Crimes are judged more heavily than others. Any crime can become a violent crime if a violent act is committed or it can be proven that there was intent for such an act. Violent acts include assault, kidnapping, murder, rape, robbery, and terrorism. Michael Litman has the experience and knowledge to provide a strong, capable defense for any of these charges.

Common Types of Violent Crime

  • Assault – Causing physical injury to an individual without permission, either with or without a weapon
  • Domestic Violence – Violence or aggressive behavior within a home, generally involving partners, couples, spouses and at times children
  • Homicide/Murder — The intentional killing of a human being with prior malice, or with the action thought out beforehand
  • Manslaughter – The killing of another human being. It differs from homicide/murder in that homicide/murder are done with malice before the act, whereas manslaughter is generally more spur-of-the-moment.
  • Crimes Involving Weapons – Any crime involving a weapon, whether it be a gun, knife, baseball bat or any object that can reasonably be used to hurt another. The addition of any sort of weapon to a crime automatically earns a stiffer charge, with the potential of more severe penalties.
  • Kidnapping – Generally, illegally capturing and holding an individual against their will. Many times it is for the purpose of collecting a ransom.
  • Sex Crimes – Any of a number of crimes with sexual assault as a motive, or as part of a different crime; generally, the crime involves forcible rape or sodomy without consent.
  • Terroristic Threatening – An intimidating threat meant to scare or intimidate an individual with a threat of violence or personal injury.

Contact Our Defense Attorneys Today

If you or a loved one has been accused, charged or arrested for a violent crime, contact the Law Office of Michael D. Litman, PLLC as soon as possible. Violent crimes, depending on their severity, often carry life-changing penalties and sentences, including long prison terms up to life imprisonment. Because of this, it is vitally important that you retain legal counsel as soon as possible to begin working on your defense. Michael Litman, based in White Plains, NY, has both the experience and the knowledge to successfully defend your case.

Michael Litman has litigated for more than a decade, opening his own firm in 2014 to serve residents of Westchester County, White Plains and the New York Metro area. Through his preparation, hard work and thorough knowledge of the law and the way the system works, he will give you the opportunity for the most favorable outcome you can expect from your case. If you have questions, or to set up a consultation, contact us online or call us at 917.554.8231.