Representing Accident & Injury Victims

Handling Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and
Criminal Defense Cases

ATTORNEY MATTHEW C. HINES

Representing Accident & Injury Victims

Handling Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Criminal Defense Cases

ATTORNEY MATTHEW C. HINES

What Are the Most Common Violent Crimes in Atlanta?

What Are the Most Common Violent Crimes in Atlanta

Being charged with any crime in Atlanta can potentially have serious, life-changing consequences. Using physical force against another person, especially if those actions lead to an injury or death, is taken seriously in Atlanta and throughout the state.

However, being accused or charged with a violent crime does not mean you have been convicted. If you are being investigated for a crime or if you have been formally charged, it is important to contact an Atlanta criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines.

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Common Types of Violent Crimes Committed in Atlanta

While some parts of Atlanta are more dangerous than others, violent crimes can occur anywhere and at any time. Some of the most common types of violent crimes that occur in this area include the following:

  • Arson
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault and aggravated assault
  • Battery and aggravated battery
  • Armed robbery
  • Sexual offenses
  • Child molestation
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter

As you can see, many offenses are included under the violent crime umbrella. Because of this, it can be confusing to know your rights and options when facing criminal charges. Due to the complexity of these cases, it is best to have an attorney working on your case as early on as possible. This will help you develop the best possible defense for the situation.

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Assault Charges in Atlanta

One of the most common violent crime charges in Atlanta is assault. Cases of simple assault are defined as any attempt to commit violent harm to someone else or act in a way that puts someone in fear of bodily harm.

In many situations, this crime is charged as a misdemeanor; however, there are exceptions. Sometimes, the circumstances will dictate that the incident is charged as aggravated assault. This typically occurs if the assault involves using a deadly weapon, robbery or rape, or the intent to murder. If you are convicted of aggravated assault, it can result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

Kidnapping Charges in Atlanta

Cases of kidnapping occur if someone steals or abducts another person without the legal authority to do so and then holds them against their will.

The charge itself is characterized by the “movement” of a victim. This is an element that is carefully considered when establishing a defense. A kidnapping conviction in Atlanta can result in a prison sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

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Armed Robbery Charges in Atlanta

This category of violent crime is one that also deserves attention as it is a common charge in Atlanta. Robbery is defined as the intentional and immediate taking of someone else’s property while using an offensive weapon.

Because of this crime’s seriousness, the minimum mandatory sentence is 10 years in prison if convicted. Because of this extensive sentence, you must have a strong defense against the charges you face.

Sex-Related Offenses in Atlanta

Violent crimes involving some sexual offenses are taken extremely seriously in Georgia. This is especially the case if the alleged victim is a minor.

The sensitivity of these crimes often makes those who are charged with them feel like they have no chance of a successful defense. While this may be the case, seeking legal defense early in the process is important. Some repeat offenders will face mandatory minimum life terms in jail, while even first-time offenders face severe penalties. Without a strong and aggressive criminal defense, it may be impossible to overcome these consequences.

Murder and Similar Charges in Atlanta

Murder is one of the most serious charges you can face in Atlanta. Due to the seriousness of the alleged act, the potential consequences of a conviction are significant. If the accused party is found guilty of malice murder or felony murder, the consequences are the most serious in all of Atlanta criminal law. Some of the potential penalties in these situations include death, life without parole, or years of imprisonment before parole is an option.

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You Have the Right to Build a Defense Against Violent Crime Charges

If you are charged with a violent crime, you need to seek legal representation immediately. At the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines, we provide strong and aggressive legal defense for all clients we represent.

The first step is to call our office to schedule an initial consultation. We can discuss the charges against you, create a plan to move forward, and start building a defense for your case. We will fight for your rights and your freedom.

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