I HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A VIOLENT CRIME IN CALIFORNIA. WHAT NOW?
California is in a league of its own for imposing harsh penalties for violent offenses. This includes prosecution of crimes ranging from threats and battery all the way to murder and felony murder (a murder committed during the commission of a separate crime - like a hold up theft or carjacking). This category also includes crimes that might not typically be viewed as violent in general terms but are treated as such under the law - like arson and kidnapping - and can include the planning or collaboration in a crime, including weapons charges or conspiracy.
If you are being charged with a violent crime, it is important to understand how specific Penal Code sections apply to the activity alleged, and what defenses are likely to help you most. An experienced criminal defense attorney who can advise you free of judgment and with your best interests in mind, is very important, as penalties for violent offenses can range from probation to the death penalty, defending on the extent of injury or if actions resulted in death.
ACLU Criminal Resource Sheet
Constitutional Rights of Criminal Defendants