Los Angeles Violent Crimes Lawyer

Last Modified: February 19, 2024
Los Angeles violent crimes lawyer

Facing charges for a violent crime in Los Angeles can be a daunting and life-changing experience. Perlman & Cohen Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers understand the gravity of your situation. We are dedicated to providing top-notch legal representation to those accused of violent crimes. Our team works tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected, and your side of the story is heard.

When you're up against the legal system, having experienced defense attorneys by your side is crucial. Our lawyers specialize in navigating the complexities of criminal law in Los Angeles. If you are facing either a misdemeanor or a felony crime charge, our criminal defense law firm is here to help you.

Learn more about violent crime charges in the California criminal justice system below. Then, contact us to schedule a free consultation.

Let Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in Los Angeles Help You With Your Case

Let our criminal defense lawyers in Los Angeles help you with your case

Case Analysis and Investigation

Our first step is a thorough analysis of your case. We review all evidence, police reports, and witness statements. Our team conducts independent investigations to uncover any missed details. This comprehensive approach ensures we understand every aspect of your case.

Building a Strong Defense Strategy

Based on our investigation, we developed a robust defense strategy. We identify strengths and weaknesses in the prosecution's case. Our lawyers craft arguments to counter the charges against you. We aim to create the most compelling defense on your behalf.

Negotiating Plea Deals

Sometimes, negotiating a plea deal is in your best interest. Our lawyers are skilled in plea bargain negotiations. We work to reduce charges or penalties where possible. Our goal is to achieve an outcome that minimizes the impact on your life.

Representing Clients in Court

When your case goes to trial, we represent you confidently and professionally. Our lawyers are experienced in courtroom strategies. We present your case persuasively to the judge and jury. You can count on us to be your voice in court.

Statistics on Violent Crime Rates in Los Angeles

Violent crime rates in Los Angeles provide crucial context for our work. According to recent statistics, violent crimes in the city have seen various trends over the years. According to USA Today, violent crime in Los Angeles rose 11% from 2021 to 2022, with 60 violent crimes reported for every 1,000 residents, compared to 54 per 1,000 in 2021. We and our clients must be aware of the broader crime landscape in Los Angeles.

Legal Framework for Violent Crimes in Los Angeles

Legal framework for violent crimes in Los Angeles

Violent crimes in Los Angeles are governed by California state law. These laws define violent crimes and set the penalties. Our lawyers are well-versed in this legal framework. We ensure your defense aligns with the specifics of these laws.

California's Three Strikes Law

California's Three Strikes Law significantly impacts violent crime cases. Under this law, repeat offenders face harsher penalties. Our lawyers are experienced in navigating cases involving the Three Strikes Law. We work to mitigate its impact on your case.

The law applies to those with previous serious or violent felony convictions. If you're facing a third strike, the stakes are incredibly high. Our attorneys understand the nuances of this law. We strive to present your case in a way that considers your past but focuses on the present.

Common California Violent Crimes

Common California violent crimes

Homicide Cases

First-Degree Murder

First-degree murder in California is a deliberate act. This means the perpetrator planned the killing. The penalties for first-degree murder are severe, including life imprisonment. Our lawyers understand the seriousness of these charges and build a strong defense. This is covered under California Penal Code Section 187, and a conviction could lead to a maximum life sentence in prison.

Second-Degree Murder

Second-degree murder involves a killing that wasn't premeditated. It's still a grave offense but carries slightly lesser penalties than first-degree murder. We focus on differentiating the specifics of your case from more severe charges. This is covered under California Penal Code Section 189 and is punished by a maximum life sentence.


Manslaughter in California refers to homicides without malice or premeditation. This includes voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Our lawyers work to show the absence of intent in these cases. We also handle cases involving vehicular manslaughter. This is detailed in California Penal Code Section 192 and is punishable by up to 11 years in state prison.

Assault Cases

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault in California involves serious bodily injury or use of a deadly weapon. This offense carries significant penalties. Our approach includes examining the circumstances and intent of the alleged assault. We also defend our clients against allegations of assault against a police officer. This is detailed under California Penal Code Section 245. A misdemeanor conviction could lead to a year in jail, but a felony conviction could carry multiple years in state prison.

Simple Assault

Simple assault in California is an attempt to cause violent injury to another person. It is a lesser offense than aggravated assault. We focus on the intent and actual harm caused in these cases. This is detailed under California Penal Code Section 240.

Robbery Cases

Armed Robbery

Armed robbery in California involves theft using a weapon. This is a serious felony with severe consequences. We scrutinize the evidence to challenge the prosecution's case. This is detailed under California Penal Code Section 211, and it could be punished by up to 20 years in state prison.

Unarmed Robbery

Unarmed robbery, while not involving a weapon, is still a felony in California. We analyze the circumstances and work to mitigate the charges. This is also detailed under the statute California Penal Code Section 211.


Kidnapping in California involves moving a person against their will. This can be with force, fear, or fraud. The penalties depend on various factors, including the victim's age and the harm caused. We examine the specific details of your case to develop a strong defense. The facts are found in California Penal Code Section 207, and this could be punished by up to 8 years in state prison.

The penalties are more severe in ransom, injury, or death cases. Our lawyers focus on the context and actions of the alleged kidnapping. We challenge any exaggerations or inaccuracies in the prosecution's narrative.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence cases in California involve harm or threats of harm against intimate partners. These cases are sensitive and require a careful approach. Our team focuses on the specifics of the relationship and events. Domestic violence is detailed under California Penal Code Section 243(e)(1). The penalty will vary depending on the specific nature of the crime.

Often, domestic violence cases involve complex personal dynamics. We work to understand the entire situation. Our goal is to present your case comprehensively and fairly.

Legal Process for Violent Crimes

Arrest and Booking

After an arrest for a violent crime, you will be booked. This involves taking your fingerprints and photographs. You'll also provide basic personal information. It's essential to remain calm and exercise your right to remain silent.


At your arraignment, you'll hear the charges against you. You'll have the opportunity to enter a plea. It's essential to have legal representation at this stage. Our lawyers guide you through this process and advise on the best action.

Bail Hearing

During the bail hearing, the court decides if you can be released before trial. The judge considers various factors, including the nature of the alleged crime. Our lawyers advocate for your release and fair bail terms.

Pre-Trial Motions

Pre-trial motions can shape the course of your trial. These might include motions to dismiss charges or suppress evidence. Our lawyers skillfully handle these motions to strengthen your defense.

Trial Proceedings

At trial, the prosecution and defense present their cases. This includes witness testimonies and evidence. Our lawyers are experienced in trial strategy and presentation. We aim to convey your side of the story persuasively.


If convicted, sentencing follows. The judge considers various factors, including your criminal history. Our role is to advocate for leniency and fair sentencing. We argue for mitigating factors and alternatives to incarceration.

Defenses in Violent Crime Cases

Defenses in violent crime cases

Building a defense in a violent crime case requires expertise and creativity. Our lawyers consider all possible defenses. We evaluate the evidence, witness statements, and legal precedents. Our goal is to find the most effective defense strategy for your case.


Self-defense is a common defense in violent crime cases. It argues that your actions were necessary to protect yourself. We gather evidence to support this defense. This includes eyewitness accounts and any relevant background information.

In cases where self-defense is claimed, the context is crucial. We focus on the events leading up to the incident. Our lawyers work to prove that your actions were a reasonable response to the threat you faced.

Insufficient Evidence

Insufficient evidence is a defense that challenges the prosecution's case. We scrutinize the evidence for weaknesses. Our approach includes questioning the reliability and relevance of the evidence presented.

We argue for dismissing or reducing the charges in cases with weak evidence. Our lawyers emphasize the need for proof beyond a reasonable doubt. We work to create doubt about your guilt in the minds of the judge or jury.


An alibi defense proves you were somewhere else when the crime occurred. We gather evidence to support your alibi. This can include witness statements, receipts, or video footage. An effective alibi can be a powerful tool in your defense.

The key to a successful alibi defense is reliability and timing. We ensure that your alibi is backed by credible evidence. We aim to establish that you couldn't have committed the crime.

Mental Health Defenses

Mental health defenses focus on your state of mind during the alleged crime. These defenses can include insanity or diminished capacity. We collaborate with mental health experts to build this defense.

In these cases, we present evidence of your mental health condition. Our lawyers argue how it affected your actions and judgment. This defense can lead to alternative sentencing options, like treatment programs.

Constitutional Violations

Constitutional violations occur when your legal rights are breached. This can include unlawful searches or coerced confessions. We examine your case for any such violations.

If we find constitutional violations, we move to have evidence excluded or charges dropped. Our lawyers are vigilant in protecting your constitutional rights. We ensure that your case is treated fairly and justly under the law.

Frequently Asked Questions About Violent Crimes

What to Do if Charged With a Violent Crime?

If you're charged with a violent crime, contact a lawyer immediately. Avoid discussing your case with anyone else, especially law enforcement, without legal representation.

How Are Penalties Determined for Violent Crimes?

Penalties for violent crimes are based on the crime's severity, your criminal history, and the specifics of the case. Judges also consider factors like your age, background, and the impact on the victim.

Can Violent Crimes Charges Be Dropped or Reduced?

Yes, charges can sometimes be dropped or reduced. This depends on the evidence, legal arguments, and negotiations between your lawyer and the prosecution.

Reach Out to Perlman & Cohen Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers for an Initial Consultation With Our Violent Crimes Lawyer

Reach out to Perlman & Cohen Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers

If you're facing charges for a violent crime in Los Angeles, don't face them alone. Perlman & Cohen Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers are here to help. We offer expertise, dedication, and a commitment to your defense. Our team is ready to fight for your rights and work towards the best possible outcome. Under California law, a violent crime conviction is profound, but we explore all possible legal defenses for your case.

In your initial consultation, we'll discuss your case, answer your questions, and outline a defense strategy. We understand the stress and uncertainty you're facing. Let us provide the legal support you need during this challenging time.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards defending your future.

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