It can be shocking, confusing and disorienting to be accused of a violent crime. Violent crime sentences can be draconian, so it is important to keep a clear head. There may be a number of defenses available to those facing murder charges, rape charges, assault charges and other allegations of violence. It’s important to employ any available defenses, as sentences for violent offenses can be steep.

Recently we told you about a sentencing enhancement California has for those convicted of possessing or using a gun while committing a felony. If this happens, the accused faces an extra year in prison on top of whatever sentence is handed down for committing the underlying felony. The enhancement can apply regardless of whether the underlying felony is a violent one or not, but judges do have discretion to disregard an applicable sentencing enhancement in the interests of justice.

Unfortunately, it sometimes happens that criminal charges are not the result of the accused’s conduct but instead the product of someone else’s personal vendetta against the accused. Mistaken identity and police misconduct can also be contributing factors. It can be key for a defendant to have a tenacious trial attorney on their side. Mark W. Fredrick has a 25-year track record of successfully representing clients charged with criminal offenses. He looks at the case from all angles, including examining police behavior for misconduct that could sink the prosecution’s case.

Our law firm is prepared to handle potential client inquiries at any time. We can be reached by phone or email. For more information on the services we provide, check out the violent crimes page on our website.