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Violent Crimes

New York City Violent Crimes Defense Attorney

Trustworthy Representation from a Former Manhattan Prosecutor

Crimes that are classified as "violent" are among the most serious in New York and they carry the stiffest punishments. It is almost impossible to defend yourself from these charges without a highly experienced and dedicated Manhattan violent crimes defense lawyer. At the Law Office of John Buza, PC, our leading attorney is a former prosecutor and offers free consultations. We are prepared to help you figure out the next best steps for your case.

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What You Need to Know about Violent Crime

There are two ways to categorize which crimes are considered “violent.” The first way is to follow the FBI’s definition. The FBI considers four types of crimes to be “violent.” These crimes are:

  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • Forcible Rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault

Although the FBI keeps track of all the violent crimes that occur in the country, they are not tasked with assisting in most of the subsequent investigations. That job is left to the local and state governments.

While New York maintains the FBI’s list of violent crimes, the state also has its own addictions: Below is a list of the most common violent crimes charged by prosecutors in New York as well as what their potential sanctions are and what the government needs to prove to sustain a conviction.

The difference between what is classified as violent crime and non-violent is significant because the potential prison sentences for the violent crimes are significantly greater. Moreover, most prison time in New York for violent crime is considered to be “determinate.” That means the judge sets the sentence in fixed years and the person who is convicted has to serve that time. In very serious instances, however, the prison sentence is indeterminate because the person can spend the rest of their life in prison.

Your Lawyer Needs to Establish Doubt

The standard of proof to convict someone of a crime is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This is the highest standard of proof that exists in the United States. It essentially means that even if a jury thinks the person probably committed the crime, they must still find the person not guilty if they have an honest doubt about the person’s guilt.

John Buza spent many years working in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and often found situations where the NYPD aggressively pushed to make an arrest so they can close out the case. At that point, the case became the DA’s Office’s problem. The danger in these situations is that the NYPD, in their aggressive haste to make an arrest, often make mistakes and the wrong people are arrested for crimes they did not commit. When this happens, only a lawyer who is familiar with the court systems and the common mistakes made by police can help.

You Don’t Need to Fight These Charges Alone

As a former Manhattan prosecutor, John Buza has unique knowledge not only in the post-arrest litigation phase of a case, but also in the pre-arrest and pre-indictment investigation phase. He has an exceptional record of success in thousands of cases. He uses his unique experience to better serve his clients as a New York criminal defense lawyer.

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