California is a big state. It has a massive population, with new people moving into the area daily.
Unfortunately, this high population also leads to more crime than in other parts of the U.S. California ranks 14th in the country for most violent crimes.
In California, some violent crimes carry more severe penalties than others, including those committed against elderly, disabled or dependent adults. Understanding the potential penalties for these crimes can help those charged understand why building a strong defense supported by strong evidence is so important.
The possible punishments for violent crimes against vulnerable groups
In the U.S., being convicted of a violent crime will typically come with time in prison, fines and probation. However, the specifics of your punishment depend on the actual crime you committed and who it is committed against.
Committing a crime against an elder or dependent adult comes with a prison sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $6,000. For situations where the victim experiences serious bodily harm, the penalties include a three-year sentence for a victim under 70 years of age and a five-year sentence for a victim over 70 years of age.
Defending against violent crime charges
In California, violent crimes against protected groups are taken seriously and punished severely. Having a strong defense strategy is imperative to help reduce the penalties you face. Knowing your legal rights and options and the type of evidence that can benefit your case will help you achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.