According to a recent report issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States experienced an increase in violent crimes in 2012. While not among the 10 states with the highest rate of aggravated assault charges or murder charges, New Jersey has seen a rise in violence. New Jersey Readers may find the following blog on recent efforts to reduce the growing rate of violent crime in New Jersey's largest city interesting.
Violent crimes are often considered to be among the most heinous crimes an individual can commit in any state in the nation. From a felony assault charge to a murder charge, a conviction for a violent crime can come with serious penalties. Despite the serious nature of a violent crime charge and the potential consequences of a conviction, it is important to remember that a successful defense is possible.
Violent crimes include any crime that is committed through force or the threat of force. These crimes are taken especially seriously by law enforcement. From aggravated assault to murder, there is little tolerance among authorities for individuals who commit violent crimes. Nevertheless, not every act of violence is a crime. In fact, there are a number of mitigating factors that can have an effect on the outcome of a case.
An aggravated assault resulting in death is often considered one of the most heinous violent crimes that a person can commit. Due to this, those convicted of murder charges stemming from an aggravated assault are often subject to the most serious penalties in the state. In some states this may include a death sentence. While New Jersey does not have the death penalty, penalties for murder are still extremely serious.
Anyone who watched the Jodi Arias trial, or who recalls the Menendez Trial, knows that defense attorneys in violent crimes cases are not limited to just one defense. In fact, in many violent crimes cases involving accusations of aggravated assault, murder or even domestic violence charges, the defense may rely on multiple strategies throughout the course of the proceeding. Violent crimes cases are rarely simple.