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Questions About Your Violent Crimes Charge? We Have Answers.

Violent crimes can range from a threat of violence to inflicted injuries, and these cases are often more complicated than they appear. No story is the same and interpersonal relationships can make assault, battery and domestic violence charges seem worse than they are. Don’t let an accusation against you ruin your life.

Call our office today to learn more about how Jack Venturi Law can protect you and look at the list below of some of our most commonly asked questions.

What’s the difference between assault and battery?

Assault can be the threat of causing harm to another person; the battery is actually causing harm to another person. In New Jersey, someone can be charged with assault, even though they committed battery. However, they will likely not be charged with battery if they’ve committed assault. In New Jersey, the two basic levels of assault charges are simple assault and aggravated assault.

How can being part of a gang affect my case?

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law that can enhance the penalties for people who are charged with crimes as part of a criminal organization. If you are allegedly part of a gang and have been charged with drug crimes, murder, sex crimes, violent crimes, financial crimes or another criminal charge, RICO could mean you face higher penalties because of your association with your gang.

What is racketeering?

Racketeering is generally considered an organized illegal activity, often to gain money. According to federal law, 35 crimes are specifically listed as being racketeering offenses. Some of these “racketeering” crimes include gambling, murder, kidnapping, bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and even arson.

Can theft be considered a violent crime?

Potentially. It depends on the circumstances. If a weapon was used,  if someone was injured (battery or assault) or if you threatened to harm someone during the theft (even if you felt it was in self-defense), the charge could escalate from larceny to first- or second-degree robbery, which carries much more significant charges than larceny.

Skilled Representation For Violent Crimes Charges

Violent crimes charges are rarely simple and they can be highly emotional cases. Get representation from an attorney with decades of experience by calling 732-798-7002 or sending our office an email. We will fight to keep you safe.