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Violent Crimes

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Have you been charged with a violent criminal offense in Aurora? At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., our attorneys understand the risks associated with violent crimes charges-many such allegations, if not challenged, will result in felony conviction and harsh punishment.

With more than 40 years of trial experience, including previous practice in prosecution, our lawyers can take the toughest cases to verdict.
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Types of Violent Crimes

Violent crimes encompass a large variety of criminal offenses. These include threats, as in assault-related cases, and extend to murder. While the specific penalties you may face depend on the exact nature of your charges, it is safe to say that violent crimes can lead to some of the toughest punishment available criminal offenses. These offenses even constitute a number of Class X felonies.

Violent crimes include:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder

Don't let your charges go uncontested. Most violent crimes, even as misdemeanors, cannot be sealed from your record, and will continue to affect you for years after a conviction. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a criminal allegation, it is in your best interest to secure a criminal defense attorney who understands your needs and will provide an unflinching defense throughout the duration of your case.

Types of Charges and Sentences

State law places criminal offenses in one of two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are awarded for lesser crimes and, at worst, can result in one year in jail, two years of probation, and $2,500 in fines. Felonies, on the other hand, are reserved for crimes of greater severity. Conviction for these crimes is often accompanied by thousands of dollars in fines and lengthy terms served in prison.

Felonies are divided into the following classes by punishment:

  • Class 4: The penalty for a Class 4 felony is 1-3 years in prison
  • Class 3: The penalty for a Class 3 felony is 2-5 years in prison.
  • Class 2: The penalty for a Class 2 felony is 3-7 years in prison.
  • Class 1: The penalty for a Class 1 felony is 4-15 years in prison.
  • Class X: The penalty for a Class X felony is 6-30 years in prison.

Enhanced Sentencing in Violent Crime Cases

While charges generally receive penalties under these categories, violent crimes can be enhanced based on the circumstances surrounding an offense. Under aggravating conditions, a defendant runs the risk of more time spent in prison and heftier fines. An enhanced Class 3 felony, for example, could lead to a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison. Work with an experienced violent crime defense lawyer for your best chance at avoiding a conviction for enhanced charges.

The following factors can lead to an extended sentence:

  • Prior conviction
  • Use of a deadly weapon
  • The victim is older than 60
  • The degree to which a victim was injured
  • The charge involves a hate crime

Though standing up under such accusations may seem hopeless, the fact of the matter is that people often see their charges reduced or eliminated when they work with an experienced attorney. As criminal defense lawyers in Aurora, our priority is to help our clients attain favorable outcomes in the face of austere charges. Our legal team can provide representation to protect your rights, your freedom, and your future.

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Our legal team at Martin & Kent, L.L.C. is proud to advocate on behalf of clients who are facing criminal charges. In more than four decades of combined service, clients and peers alike have been impressed with the service offered by our attorneys.

Our team members have been recognized for their professional-grade service with honors including an Avvo rating of 10.0 Superb and a 2013 Top Lawyers in Illinois Award, the latter of which is given by peer nomination.

Our stellar service, combined with a deep understanding of the criminal legal process, help us stand out as a firm that is uniquely prepared to handle your concerns. Contact our legal office today to schedule a free initial consultation for your case! Our attorneys take calls 24/7 and can work to accommodate your schedule.