An Orange County Violent Crimes Defense Lawyer Provides Skilled Representation When You Face Charges

Decades of Experience Defending Clients Charged with Felonies Related to Violent Acts

Under California law, individuals do not necessarily have to cause injuries or property damage to face charges of violent crimes. Attempts or threats to cause physical harm — or just carrying a weapon during the commission of a crime — can easily lead to felony charges. Defendants can remain in jail prior to trial due to high bail amounts or denial of bail. The McDonnell Law Firm has the skill and trial experience needed to effectively defend individuals charged with these serious felony crimes.

Violent Crimes Encompass a Wide Array of Acts Under the Law

Numerous laws exist covering crimes against the person within Title 8 of the California Penal Code. Each chapter provides a detailed description of a different crime, including how the type of act can make a difference in the way a crime is prosecuted. With decades of experience defending individuals charged with these crimes, The McDonnell Law Firm has comprehensive knowledge of the laws pertaining to virtually any type of violent crime, including:

  • Simple assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Armed robbery
  • Murder and manslaughter

Depending on the severity of the crime, convictions can carry anything from fines to extensive prison terms, with penalties enhanced for convictions of gang-related conduct. When judges perceive defendants as dangerous, they may deny bail prior to trial. By contacting us for legal support at the earliest possible moment after arrest, we can take all available legal action to protect the rights of our clients in Irvine, Anaheim and throughout Orange County and work to obtain the best possible outcome during every phase of their cases.

Intent has Little Bearing in Violent Crime Charges

Even when people do not intend to commit violent acts, they can face serious felony charges when the possibility of violence exists. This means even charges for relatively minor theft crimes that might typically be charged as misdemeanors can become a felony armed robbery charge if the offender had a gun visible. Offenders may have no intent to do more than frighten their victims into submission. However, even verbal threats are considered violent acts under the law, particularly when an offender has weapons that can potentially harm their victims.

Contact an Experienced Defense Attorney for Full Support Early in Your Case

The best time to develop an effective defense is before violent crime charges are filed. This provides defense attorneys with a window of opportunity to help get charges reduced or dropped for their clients. At The McDonnell Law Firm, we are prepared to begin your defense as soon as you contact us. Call us at 562.352.8708 or contact us online to learn how we can help you resolve your legal issues. We offer free initial consultations, accept all major credit cards and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by appointment. Members of our staff speak Spanish. Se habla español.