Turn on the television, radio, or log onto a social media outlet, and it is obvious that violent crime occurs daily all over our country. Most Americans are familiar with and have been impacted by robberies, murders and other violent crimes. Crime, as demonstrated throughout history, has been too much a part of our past, and unfortunately will probably be a major part of our future.
Recently, addressing the crime issue in our communities has become a focal point of several political campaigns, with the goal of reducing the overall crime rate. Crime peaked in the 1990’s but according to The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report, violent crime fell by 48% from 1993 to 2016.
The crime rate in Georgia is predicted to be “lower in 2018 than it was in 2016 when the state crime rate was actually higher than that of the national violent crime rate average,” according to City Rating.
A violent crime, according to the U.S. Department of Justice are offenses that involve force or the threat of using violence upon a victim and is composed of four common categories; murder and manslaughter, rape, robbery, and assault.
The penalties that come from being charged with a violent crime can include jail time, probation, fines, and compensation to the victim. The degree of the charge can vary depending on the type of crime committed and the elements involved, such as the use of a weapon and relation to the victim.
If a person is convicted of a violent crime, they will have a permanent criminal record linked to his or her identity. This link can possibly stay with a person for the rest of his or her life, which can affect future employment and other personal possession rights. Making it even more important for the person to seek experienced representation before being charged with a crime.
If you or someone you know needs legal representation due to a crime charge or if you have been a victim of a crime, contact Miller & Wynn. Our attorneys have decades of experience. Call us at (770)-942-2720 or visit our website at www.MillerWynnLaw.com.