Defending People Accused Of Violent Offenses
Police and prosecutors take violent crime very seriously and are generally willing to put significant resources into arresting and convicting people they believe have committed such crimes. But like any criminal defendant in the United States, if you have been charged with a violent crime such as aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon or battery, you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
At the law firm of Andrews & Sanders Law Offices in Savannah, we are devoted to protecting the rights of criminal defendants in coastal Georgia. If you have been accused of a violent crime, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free phone consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Violent crime cases we defend our clients against include:
- Aggravated assault
- Domestic assault
- Assault and battery charges
- Hate crimes
- Murder and homicide
Carefully Preparing Your Criminal Defense Case
There are many ways you can maintain your freedom after being charged with a violent offense like aggravated assault. Many factors — such as self-defense, entrapment, insanity or impairment — can result in a defendant’s acquittal. When defendants are wrongly accused, we work to prove it.
The final and most important fact, though, is that you are innocent until proven guilty. If the prosecution is unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that our client committed a crime, then a conviction is unlikely.
Mandatory Minimum Sentences And Appeals
We are prepared to defend you against charges of violence and, if you are convicted, appeal your conviction as necessary to protect your rights and help you avoid or reduce the consequences of your charges. Appeals are not the same as retrials and do not go over the facts of the case a second time. During the criminal appeal process, we seek to prove that a case was improperly handled, leading to conviction, or improperly sentenced.
In Georgia, many violent crimes, including armed robbery and rape, carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison with no parole. This is obviously an extremely serious consequence that we will do everything in our power to avoid.