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Savannah Violent Crimes Attorney
Defending charges in Pooler, Tybee, and the Surrounding Areas
Violent crimes charges in Savannah, GA, are some of the most severe a person can face. Because they can result in serious harm to another person, they are often charged as felonies. Potential punishments can include years of imprisonment, and in the most severe cases, death. The stigma attached to these offenses makes it difficult, if not impossible, to return to society, even if the prosecutor did not get a conviction. Anyone accused of a violent crime should hire legal representation immediately. Building a strong defense against the allegations requires a full investigation and thorough preparation.
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A Lawyer Who Will Stand up for you, no matter what
At Tignor Law Firm, our violent crimes lawyer in Savannah is ready to take swift action in your case, dedicating the resources, time, and effort needed to defend you. We use a strategic approach to develop solid defenses. We listen to what you have to say, look at the case from all angles, and analyze the prosecutor's arguments to identify weaknesses. You can be sure that no stone will be left unturned as we explore all legal options to protect your rights, freedom, and reputation. With 11 years of legal experience, we know what it takes to get results and are prepared to zealously advocate on your behalf.
To schedule a consultation with our Savannah violent crimes attorney, please contact us at (912) 470-4755 today.
What Are Violent Crimes in Georgia?
The term "violent crimes" refers to any offense involving the use or threatened use of force or violence against another individual. In Georgia, many different acts meet this definition.
Some examples of violent crimes include, but are not limited to:
- Robbery (O.C.G.A. § 16-8-40): A person can be accused of this offense if they allegedly used force, intimidation, or sudden snatching to take property from another individual.
- Armed robbery (O.C.G.A. § 16-8-41): Charges can be levied when a person is alleged to have taken another's property by using an offensive weapon or a device appearing to be an offensive weapon.
- Rape (O.C.G.A. § 16-6-1): This offense involves having sexual relations with someone without their consent or engaging in sexual conduct with a person under 10 years of age.
- Murder (O.C.G.A. § 16-5-1): This offense can be committed in a couple of ways. First, someone could face accusations if they allegedly took someone's life and they did so deliberately or by showing a malignant heart. Second, a person could be charged if the actor took someone's life while the actor was committing a felony. A person could be charged with second-degree murder if they cause another individual's death while the actor was committing a second-degree cruelty to children offense.
- Voluntary manslaughter (O.C.G.A. § 16-5-2): This crime occurs when someone is provoked and causes the death of another by violent, sudden passion.
- Simple assault (O.C.G.A. § 16-5-20): Accusations for this offense arise when someone tries to violently injure another person, or they make another person fear that they are in immediate danger of being violently injured.
- Aggravated assault (O.C.G.A. § 16-5-21): These charges are filed when a person is alleged to have assaulted another individual and they did so with the intent to murder, rape, or rob them; with a deadly weapon; or by strangulation.
- Simple battery (O.C.G.A. § 16-5-23): A person commits the crime when they physically contact someone in an insulting or provoking way or intentionally cause another individual to suffer physical harm.
- Battery (O.C.G.A. § 16-5-23.1): A person could be charged with this offense if they substantially physically harm someone or cause visible bodily injury to them.
- Aggravated battery (O.C.G.A. § 16-5-24): These charges are filed when someone acts maliciously and causes bodily injury to another person, resulting in loss of limb or rendering a limb useless, or causing serious disfigurement.
- Kidnapping (O.C.G.A. § 16-5-40): This offense involves the unlawful abduction or confinement of another person.
Society often looks at those accused of violent crimes harshly. We don't. At Tignor Law Firm, we see the person behind the charges. Whether our client was at the wrong place at the wrong time or misidentified as the actor, we are prepared to defend them.
How Many Years Can You Get for a Violent Crime in GA?
The length of incarceration for a violent crime conviction will depend on various factors, including the nature of the offense, whether the defendant has any prior convictions, and whether aggravating or mitigating circumstances were present.
Possible conviction penalties for certain violent crimes include, but are not limited to:
- 1 to 20 years of imprisonment (however, the minimum term increases to 5 years if the victim was a person 65 years of age or older)
- Armed robbery:
- 10 to 20 years of imprisonment
- Life without parole
- 25 years to life imprisonment
- First-degree murder:
- Life without parole
- Life imprisonment
- Second-degree murder:
- 10 to 30 years of imprisonment
- Voluntary manslaughter:
- 1 to 20 years of imprisonment
- Simple assault, simple battery, or battery:
- Up to 12 months in jail
- Aggravated assault or aggravated battery:
- 1 to 20 years of imprisonment
- 10 to 20 years of imprisonment if the victim was 14 years of age or older
- 25 years to life if the victim was under 14 years of age
- Life or death if the victim was held for ransom or received bodily injury
When facing as severe penalties as those listed above, it’s imperative to have a Savannah violent crimes attorney who will step up for you. By crafting and presenting a compelling defense, they can pursue favorable outcomes, such as a not guilty verdict or lesser sentencing.
Consult with a Violent Crimes Lawyer in Savannah
Our attorney has always focused on criminal defense matters. We know the court system and Georgia’s laws, and we will use our knowledge to protect your rights.
Get started on your defense by calling us at (912) 470-4755 or contacting us online.
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