In California, if you are charged with a violent crime, the potential for serious repercussions upon conviction is high. Felonies may result in one or more years in prison, and they often come with much longer sentences. We at the team at Eric D. Davis, Attorney at Law, often help clients develop a strong defense based on the factors of their case.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation defines 23 acts that are considered violent felony under the law. These include the following:
- Murder, attempted murder or voluntary manslaughter
- Sexual abuse of a child
Assault, including the inflicting of great bodily injury on another, is also a violent felony, as is extortion. A person may also be charged with a violent felony if he or she threatens a witness or a victim.
If you have had a violent felony conviction and spent more than one year in prison in the past, you may have another three years added to your sentence for a second conviction of the same felony. Incarceration includes a sentence of more than one year at a Department of the Youth Authority facility, or any state or federal penal institution. However, if the previous conviction occurred more than 10 years ago, and you did not commit a felony or get taken into custody since then, the additional sentence may not apply.
There are other conditions and exceptions which may affect sentencing and parole, as well. More information about felony charges is included on our webpage.