If you or a loved one has been charged with a violent crime in Lowell, you need to expect an aggressive prosecution. Even if you have no record, it is likely that the prosecution will be requesting a high cash bail or even detention without bail and will be looking to see you serve jail time. If you have been arrested for committing a violent crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who is not afraid to fight the toughest cases.
What is a Violent Crime?
In Massachusetts a violent crime is considered any criminal act that involves the use of physical force, weapons, or the threat of violence. There are many crimes that could constitute a violent crime. Having worked for 12 years as a public defender, I have handled countless violent crime cases including charges of:
Common Defenses for Violent Crimes
If you have been charged with a violence crime in Lowell, you need an attorney who can begin working on your case as soon as possible. Because of the harsh penalties for violent crimes conviction, building a strong defense is critical. Some of the most common defenses in violent crimes cases include:
- Self-defense: if a person is facing imminent harm with no ability to escape, a person may use the minimum amount of force necessary to protect him/herself and to enable escape;
- Defense of another: like in self-defense, a person may use the minimum amount of force to protect another person who is facing imminent harm and unable to escape;
- Defense of property: a person may use reasonable force to prevent the taking of one’s own property or to regain property that has been momentarily taken away;
- “Some other guy did it”: this defense usually involves misidentification but may also involve a cover-up to protect the real perpetrator;
- There was no crime committed: the person alleging the crime made it all up;
- Lack of specific intent to commit the crime: certain crimes require proof that the accused specifically intended to complete the crime. Drug or alcohol consumption may in some cases be used to show that the accused did not specifically intend to do what he did;
- Insanity: if a person suffers from a mental disease or defect, and as a result,he is either unable to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct or is unable to conform his conduct to the requirements of the law, then he may be found not guilty by reason of insanity.