Violent Crimes

Washington, D.C. Violent Crime Lawyers

Your Defense Team in D.C. & Maryland

Violent crimes are those that threaten the physical safety of others through force. They are among the most heavily prosecuted crimes due to their aggression against human life. This means that if you are accused of a violent crime, it is essential that you turn to an experienced criminal defense lawyer. These serious crimes require someone who will stand up for your rights and has the knowledge, skills, and tenacity to counter even the toughest prosecution. 

At Wagner, PLLC, you can work with proven trial lawyers proficient in investigating, preparing, and building cases they can take into the courtroom. Our team can present defenses before judges and juries and engage in the litigation skills needed to give you the best chance of a favorable outcome. They are also proficient negotiators able to work with prosecutors in seeking reduced charges, lighter sentencing, or diversion programs, where appropriate. 

Because of the grave nature of violent crimes and their potential consequences, you need attorneys who can handle every contingency when fighting for your freedom and future; that is what you will find at our firm. 

Contact us for a free 15-minute initial phone consultation with a Washington, D.C., violent crime attorney at (202) 816-7125

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    Overview of Violent Crimes 

    The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program defines violent crimes as involving force or the threat of force. These crimes can be charged and prosecuted at both the state and federal levels. At the federal level, they may be investigated by powerful law enforcement agencies like the FBI, DEA, ATF, or Homeland Security. 

    Typical violent crimes in D.C. and Maryland can include:

    • Assault. This can include physical attacks and threatening another with violence without any physical contact. Assault charges in D.C. vary in severity from misdemeanor simple assault to felony aggravated assault. 
    • Threat. In D.C., two forms of the criminal offense of “threats” exist 1. Threats to do bodily injury, and 2. Threats to kidnap or injure a person or damage their property. Charges range from misdemeanors to felonies. 
    • Kidnapping. This crime involves seizing, confining, abducting, or carrying away an individual against their will. It may be charged as a violation of D.C. law or federal law. Depending on the circumstances, you could face up to 30 years in prison.
    • Arson. A person commits arson in D.C. when they destroy another person’s or entity’s property by fire. The property can be real or personal property not belonging to the alleged offender. It is also a criminal offense to burn your own property if the intent is to defraud or injure another. Depending on which underlying arson code you are charged with, you could face up to $1,000 in fines and/or up to 15 years in prison.
    • Sexual assault. Many types of sexual abuse or assault charges exist in D.C. that can range from misdemeanors punishable by up to 180 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000 to felony crimes that involve force or the threat of force that are punishable by up to life in prison and fines of up to $125,000. 
    • Involuntary manslaughter. This can be charged as either manslaughter due to criminal negligence or misdemeanor manslaughter. In the former, the death of another was caused by a gross departure from reasonable care for the life of another. In the latter, the death occurred during the commission of an underlying misdemeanor that created a risk of injury to another. Penalties can include up to 30 years in prison.
    • Voluntary manslaughter. This charge is based on acting upon a sudden quarrel, in the heat of passion on sufficient provocation, or when believing deadly force is necessary for self-defense. It carries up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 
    • Homicide. You are guilty of first-degree murder when you intend to kill another purposely, with premeditation and deliberation, or you kill while committing a felony. You are guilty of second-degree murder if you have the required mental state before the killing, but the crime was not premeditated. The distinction between first-degree and second-degree murder is that first-degree murder requires premeditation, while second-degree murder requires only proof of malice after the thought. Murder is punishable by a mandatory minimum 30-year prison term or up to life in prison. 
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    More About Penalties

    Whether you’re in D.C. or Maryland, the penalties for violent crimes are severe. Furthermore, the impact of a violent crime conviction extends beyond prison sentences. It can ruin reputations, strain personal relationships, result in job loss or the loss of professional licenses and leave lasting psychological scars. 

    A convict may also lose certain rights, like voting or owning firearms, and face difficulties finding employment or housing due to a permanent criminal record. 

    Put Our Proficient Violence Crime Team on Your Side

    The devastating consequences of a criminal conviction are precisely why you need a skilled trial lawyer when facing charges for a violent crime. The legal process—from arrest to charges to trial—is complex and fraught with pitfalls. A savvy criminal defense lawyer can navigate this process, protecting your rights at every stage.

    At Wagner, PLLC, we defend clients accused of all types of crimes, including those deemed violent. Our experienced team conducts thorough investigations, challenges evidence, negotiates plea deals, and fiercely advocates for our clients in court. We strive to minimize the collateral damage and work diligently to secure the best possible outcome for your case.

    Call us at (202) 816-7125 today to get started with a free 15-minute initial phone consultation. 

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