Some of the most serious offenses a person can be charged with in the state of Maryland are violent crimes. If you have been arrested for a violent crime, your future is at stake. If you are convicted of a violent crime, you can face years behind bars and will be forever impacted by a criminal record. It is critical that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney that can effectively fight your charges. The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients who have been charged with a wide range of violent crimes. For strong legal representation when it matters most, contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today.
What constitutes a violent crime?
When a person commits a criminal offense using violence or threatens to use violence on a victim, they are committing a violent crime. There are a number of different crimes that are considered violent, all of which are considered felonies in the state of Maryland. Felony categories range between I and IV, each of which can result in years behind bars. Some violent crimes include murder, rape, arson, kidnapping, sex crimes, and more.
Felony I Violent Crimes
The most serious violent crimes are considered Felony I and usually result in a life sentence. Felony I crimes include:
- First-degree murder
- First-degree rape
- First-degree sexual offense
- Child abuse (the death of a child under 13 and/or with a previous conviction)
Felony II Violent Crimes
These crimes, while not quite as serious as Felony I crimes, still result in 25 years to life in prison. Felony II crimes include:
- Armed robbery
- Attempted murder in the first degree
- Attempted rape in the first degree
- Child abuse in the first degree
- Child abuse of a victim over the age of 13 that led to death
- Child abuse of a sexual nature
- Murder in the second degree
- Rape in the second degree
- Sexual offense in the second degree
Felony III Violent Crimes
These crimes can result in up to 20 or 30 years behind bars, depending on various factors of the crime. Felony III crimes include:
- Attempted second-degree murder
- Attempted second-degree rape
- Burglary in the first degree
- Kidnapping a child under the age of 12
Contact a Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a violent crime in the state of Maryland, do not hesitate to contact the experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz. For years, our firm has effectively defended clients who are facing charges of a serious nature and can help protect your future. Over the years, we have been successful in defending many clients against the pitfalls of a violent crime conviction. We understand how damaging a conviction of this nature can be for the rest of your life and are here to help. For strong legal representation when your future is at stake, contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today.